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Waste Chapter Resources on the Web

Here are the web references for the waste chapter of the Green Teams. These links are layed out in the same order as in the waste chapter and include most if not all the URLs mentioned in the workbook, plus many additional links . Please let me know if you find any other useful or broken links as we are always looking to provide good up to date information. Please send links or comments to David Coale at

Last update 9-26-05.


Green Step 1: The Trash Audit

For those of you that are into the numbers, here is an excel spreadsheet to help you with the trash audit. Remember, no cheating. Fill out the before sheet before you take any waste actions. This will also give you the best before and after numbers.

Here is an other type of audit that takes only 10 minutes: Your Ecological Footprint This is a measure of resources it takes to sustain your life style. You can also do "what if" scenarios with this to see how changes might affect your impact/footprint.

Green Step 2: Recycle!

Below are the web sites for recycling listed by county and city.

San Francisco Recycling Program This has information on waste and recycling including the new yard and food waste curb side composting collection.

Alameda County Waste Reduction and Recycling This has lots of great information including Bay-Friendly Gardening, building & construction and Buying Recycled and Environmentally Friendly Products.

BFI on the Peninsula This covers waste, recycling and more for Atherton, Belmont, Burlingame, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, Ladera, Menlo Park, North Fair Oaks, Redwood City, San Carlos, and San Mateo. Also see the next link below for information in San Mateo County

Contra Costa County Waste Reduction & Recycling This has lots of good infomation on reuse and recycling, composting, construction & demolition, green building, material exchange and more.

County of San Mateo RecycleWorks This is a great web site including Reuse & Recycling to Green & Recycled Products to Green building and more.

Santa Clara County Recycling & Waste Reduction This web site covers the three Rs for residential, business and commercial recycling.

Palo Alto Recycling & and Solid Waste This site includes recycling, compost give away days and junk mail reduction to list a few items.

Palo Alto Guide to Reuse and Recycling This is a comprehensive guide to reuse and recycling resources from audio cassettes to wood pallets.

Mountain View Recycling Information Including Clean up events, composting, Garbage & Recycling for Residential and Businesses.

Sunnyvale Solid Waste & Recycling This includes information on recycling, Spring and Fall cleanups, Composting and SMaRt Station information.

San Jose Garbage and Recycling Services Recycling for where you live work and play along with composting information.

Green Valley Disposal & Recycling This covers Campbell, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga, West Valley Unincorporated Santa Clara County, West San Jose/Cambrian/Almaden Unincorporated Santa Clara County, East San Jose Foothills, Unincorporated Santa Clara County, and the Burbank Sanitary District.

State and national resources

California Integrated Waste Management A comprehensive site with information from Composting to electronic waste to used and re-refined oil and more.

California Materials Exchange CalMAX ... a free service designed to help businesses find markets for non-hazardous materials they have traditionally discarded. CalMAX helps businesses, industries, and institutions save resources and money.

Californians Against Waste A nonprofit grassroots organization that lobbies exclusively in support of a recycling economy. Advocating policy initiatives at the local, state, and federal levels.

Earth's 911 One web site for all recycling resources. It is the mission of Earth 911 to empower the public with community-specific resources to improve their quality of life.

Grassroots Recycling Network Our mission is to eliminate the waste of natural and human resources -- to achieve Zero Waste. We utilize classic activist strategies to achieve corporate accountability for waste and public policies to eliminate waste, and to build sustainable communities.

For computer and electronic recycling see Green Step 11 below.

Green Step 3: Home Compost

Many of city and county web sites listed above have information about curbside composting and compost give aways (Palo Alto, San Jose, etc), so check these sites to find out more about this composting option in your area. The sites listed below are for home composting.

The Composting Handbook This is a great on-line guide to back yard composting including worm composting and composting indoors.

Master Composter's web site Get all the info you need straight from masters including sheet, trench and worm composting, surveys on leaf thiefing, coffee grounds use and more.

Organic Materials Management Home Gardening This site has just about everything from home composting to worm composting to a landscaper's guide to green waste. Plus a great links page to many other resources.

The Worm Woman Books, tapes, videos articles and more. You can find it here.

Green Step 4: Shrink Your Junk Mail

Little tree says to Big tree "What will I be when I grow up?"
Big tree "Junk Mail!"
Many of the recycling links above list resources for reducing your junk mail. Listed below are a few direct links as well as other resources.

Residential Junk Mail Kit This site includes information on reducing your junk mail, spam, and telemarketing calls.

Junk Mail Reduction Campaign A partnership of 110 Bay Area cities & counties working to stop junk mail. Information for residents, businesses and junk mail reduction kits.

Junk Mail Reduction Kit Palo Alto residents can request a junk mail reduction kit that has preprinted cards.

Stop Junk Mail Now! For a one time fee, they will send you preprinted postage paid cards that you sign and put in the mail.

Green Step 5: Repair and Reuse

Urban Ore in Berkeley receives unwanted things and sell them as-is for reuse and is a great source for used building material of all kinds.

Whole House Building Supply and Salvage in East Palo Alto boasts quality salvaged building materials at comfortable prices. They also have weekend salvage sales from houses before they are demolished.

Freecycle Network is a way for people to give and get stuff for free. This is done with an e-mail group for each city where people post items for give away. Many Bay Area cities are listed. Check it out.

Resource Area for Teachers helps to distribute surplus items to teacher throughout the Bay Area. They will also pick up items.

Eco Design Resources has all kinds of ecologically friendly products for remodeling/building your home. From zero VOC paints (no bad smells) to sustainable bamboo flooring and more. Showrooms located in San Carlos and Santa Cruz.

Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility sells a resource guide to more sustainable building materials. They also have a very good e-mail list for this kind of information see List serve for ADPSR

Green Step 6: Green Your Celebrations

Holiday Waste Reduction has lots of ideas for a less wasteful holiday season.

Green Step 10: Buy Recycled and Tree-Free

Green Earth Office Supply Recycled paper products and green products for the office and more. Located in Los Gatos and on-line catalog.

The Real Earth Recycled and tree free paper products as well as a full range of earth friendly products including janitorial and cleaning items.

New Leaf Paper A national resource for recycled paper.

Treecycle Recycled Paper and Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Products Recycled paper products as well as environmentally friendly cleaning products.

Vision Paper Kenaf paper products.

Dolphin Blue Environmentally Responsible Office Supplies including kenaf paper.

Green Step 11: Take Recycling to Work

Many of the city and county web sites listed in Green Step 2 above have information about business recycling, so check these sites to find out more about taking recycling to your work place. The sites listed below are for computer and electronic recycling.

Computer Recycling and Reuse Directory This directory compiled by the Silicon Valley Environmental Partnership can be sorted by name, city, zip code or category. This site also has a link to Silicon Valley Toxic Coalition's Clean Computer Campaign

Reuse and Recycling Electronic Products This web site lists lot of resources for reuse and recycling of electronic equipment.

Electronics Recycling You can find computer and electronics recyclers in your area just by entering your zip code.

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