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LARA Special Meeting

Thank you to the CalRecycle team from LARA for coming out and participating in our awe-inspiring discussion! We always appreciate learning and new understanding.

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How A New Chinese Policy is Causing a  Recycling Nightmare in the US

China has implemented a new recycling policy called National Sword, halting all imports of recycled materials. The U.S. was sending about 40 percent of its recycled goods to china before the policy’s implementation which means there is a lot of recycled material with nowhere to go. See how the policy is affecting local recycling centers. 


July 3, 2018

CalRecycle Awards $25 Million for Organics Recycling Projects

Communities Get Environmental and Economic Boost from California Climate Investments

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery has awarded more than $25 million in California Climate Investments to bolster organics recycling infrastructure in the state and rescue edible food for Californians in need. The projects in 10 California communities are set to transform nearly a half-million tons of discarded food, green waste, and other organic materials into value-added products like biofuel, compost, fertilizers, and soil amendments.

“California has the opportunity to close the loop with… (READ MORE)

2018-19 LARA Executive Board Members

Our 2018-2019 Executive Board is officially set.

All of our members are environmental leaders in their communities. Make sure to check out our page for more detail.



2018-19 2nd Quarter Meeting

Thank you to all that attended our 2nd Quarter meeting in the City of Lynwood. Congratulations to our retiring Executive Director, Karen Coca. You will always be our fearless leader and behalf of everyone at LARA we wish you a prosperous retirement. We are excited for the new Executive Director, George Payba, manager for City of Los Angeles Zero Waste Compliance and Sustainability Section since 2014.

See you all in September for the 3rd quarter meeting. 

Check out the moments from our 2nd quarter meeting




The SEED application is out! LARA encourages you to nominate businesses, schools, and Non-profits who are making an environmental difference in the South Bay. The SEED awards will accept applications from the Greater South Bay/LA (western) region.Application can be downloaded at SBBEC.org. SEED awards will be September 27th at the Flight Path Museum.


South Gate Earth Day

The City of South Gate put on an exceptional Earth Day event for its residents! From E-waste collection to Customized trash cans created by the neighborhood children, take a look at how South Gate is doing there part with outreach and educating the youth on recycling and sustainability.

2018 San Gabriel Valley Awards

The 2018 San Gabriel Valley Awards was a success! Great work and thank you to all who attended this phenomenal event that recognizes businesses and individuals who are environmental leaders in our communities.


Take a look at our Award winners from this year’s ceremony!

Also… Check out the special moments!

Earth Day LA 2018

DATE/TIME: April 22nd, 2018 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

LOCATION: Highland Park Recreation Center

Join us for a day of earth-friendly fun as we celebrate our 3rd Annual Citywide EARTH DAY LA! LA Sanitation will again bring our trucks for kids to explore, and we’ll have plenty of educational (and fun!) exhibits for the whole family to learn about sustainability. Last year we had over 50 exhibitors, and there will be more this year. In the spirit of environmental awareness, we hope that you will consider taking public transportation to the event. You can plan your arrival at www.metro.net.

With free food, fun, giveaways, and entertainment, you won’t want to miss this! Admission is free. Mark April 21st on your calendar and follow us on Facebook (www.fb.com/lacitysan) for event updates.

Learn more at www.lacitysan.org/earthdayla


Spring Cleaning While Being Green

Spring has finally sprung, and it’s time to get out and enjoy that beautiful weather, but before you do, now would be a good time to tidy up your home. Yes, it’s spring cleaning season!




 Manhattan Beach – Earth Month Calendar

Every Saturday is #StrawlessSaturday in April: Skip the straw when eating out!

Download Manhattan Beach’s Earth Month ACTION calendar for everyday actions you can take this month!



Earth Month Is Here!

April has tons of events for you and your family to take part of this whole month! 

Check out EARTH MONTH 2018 for all your Earth Day events in April!      

Hop To Your Recycling Bin  

The Easter festivities are upon us, so your house might soon be full of Easter egg wrappers and boxes, and everything in between.

But did you know a lot of that waste can go straight into your curbside recycling bin? Click here to find out!



Congratulations Nady!

Last week we honored Nady Maechling, our LARA Administrator, for her 16 years of outstanding service. Her fierce and unwavering support for LARA and all its members have contributed tremendously to LARA’s success over the years. We are forever grateful for Nady helping to shape LARA into what it is today…

CONGRATS NADY!!! We wish you the best! 

Click here to find out more!




1st Quarter Meeting & AB939 Report Hacks


CRRA Zero Waste Presentation – Jenna Abbott

DODA Food Waste Processing – Nick Morell

Food Rescue – Jennifer Pinkerton

Food Rescue Resources – Jennifer Pinkerton

City of LA Residential In-Sink Pilot Program

City of Rosemead – Foodwaste Presentation Republic Services

Food Waste Recycling Program – Marivic Sabillo

COW Refresher – Julie Jacobe

Check out our BLOG Page for more information

The Los Angeles Regional Agency Team took a trip to the world renowned Future Foods Farms in the city of Brea to discover ways our neighbors are becoming environmentally friendly. Future Foods Farms, whose mission is to create a sustainable farm concept that will change both agriculture and the restaurant industry forever is located on 25 acres and produces all organically grown products in their 4,000 square-feet greenhouses which is one of the largest Aquaponic farms in the state. All of the products are grown locally, without harmful chemicals, pesticides, or synthetic nutrients, and use considerably less water and power than hydroponic and conventional farming.

Take a look at our phenomenal trip and if you’d like to go, check out Future Foods Farms for tours and tastings.