Clean Water Program Curbs Plastic Bag Pollution – Get Your Free Reusable Bag Friday at Pac N’ Save!

January 27, 2013
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Clean Water Program Curbs Plastic Bag Pollution – Get Your Free Reusable Bag Friday at Pac N’ Save!

Pick Up A Free Reusable Bag, Friday Feb 1, 3-5 pm, Pac N’ Save Foods In support of the countywide reusable bag ordinance that went into effect Jan. 1, Alameda County’s Clean Water Program will give away reusable bags on Friday in front of Pac N’ Save, San Pablo Avenue at 40th Street, 3 pm to 5 pm. The ordinance prohibits stores that sell packaged food or alcohol from giving away single-use bags at checkout, and requires them to charge a minimum of 10 cents per paper or reusable bag, as an incentive for shoppers to bring their own reusable bags to the store. Each year, the equivalent of 100,000 kitchen garbage bags worth of litter end up in our local waterways, including an estimated 1 million disposable plastic bags. In Alameda County, storm water does not pass through a water treatment plant. This means that litter and other pollutants carried into the storm drain system by wind and water flow directly into creeks and the Bay, where they harm fish, marine mammals, and birds. So get your reusable bag and pledge to bring it to the store, doing your part to keep our creeks and the Bay clean and

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Emeryville Public Market: Youth-Led Program Doubles Compostables

May 8, 2011
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Emeryville Public Market: Youth-Led Program Doubles Compostables

The Emeryville Public Market’s food court serves close to 2,000 customers each day, with cuisine from around the globe, offered up by over 20 unique food retailers. Last year the Public Market’s property management company, TMG Partners, added a new item to the menu: a collection program for patrons’ food scraps and compostable dishware. A “key ingredient” of the program was hands-on help from Emeryville High School students. The efforts paid off. In 2010 alone, the Public Market collected 170 tons of compostables—double the amount of previous years. Collecting food scraps for composting wasn’t a new concept for the food vendors at the Emeryville Public Market. Back in 2006 TMG Partners had worked with the StopWaste Partnership to set up compostables collection in the kitchen and prep areas, keeping some 85 tons of discards out of the landfill each year. However, at the time they weren’t quite ready to also tackle “post-consumer” compostables—food scraps, napkins and paper cups left behind by customers. “Back then the food court was better known as Styrofoam Palace,” jokes Susan Shirk, property manager at the Public Market. “We simply couldn’t expect our patrons to separate their food scraps from non-compostable service ware, before rushing back

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