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Recology San Mateo County Offers Food for Thought

Posted in Community, Composting, Resource Recovery, San Mateo County by ErinAtRecology on September 10, 2014

Recology San Mateo County

We’ve seen how the “eat local” movement has gained a lot of attention recently.  Local farmers’ markets and family farms are plentiful in and around the Bay Area, yet many people may not understand what it means to eat locally, or why it’s even important.

Generally, local food is defined as food that has traveled less than 400 miles from producer to consumer. Less travel time means a significant reduction in transportation costs and environmental impact. Eating locally not only has a direct impact on reducing energy use and global climate change, but it supports local economies and has a positive impact on local communities.

A few interesting facts about food consumption in the United States:

Did you know…much of the food purchased in grocery stores today is often imported from other countries?

Did you know…the average American meal contains ingredients imported from five different countries?

Did you know…the transportation of our food translates to massive amounts of carbon dioxide emissions, a leading greenhouse gas and major contributor to climate change?

Did you know…the import of fruits, nuts, and vegetables in California by airplane resulted in 70,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, which is the equivalent of 12,000 cars on the road?

Buying, fresh, healthy foods from local farmers, fisherman, and ranchers, helps support our local economy, reduces carbon emissions, and best of all – it tastes delicious! Below are some links to local resources that offer an abundance of fresh and natural foods.  Bon Appétit!

Below are a few resources for San Mateo County residents and businesses to purachse locally grown food:

http://www.pcfma.com/
http://www.freshasitgets.com/
http://www.localharvest.org
http://www.farmigo.com/

Recology San Mateo County Congratulates BizSMART Award Winners

Posted in Community, Recycling, Resource Recovery, San Mateo County, Waste Reduction, WASTE ZERO by ErinAtRecology on June 19, 2014

Recology BizSmartThe BizSMART @ Work is an annual award program recognizing businesses and multi-family complexes that are leading the way to reduce waste and conserve natural resources.

Recology San Mateo County (Recology) would like to congratulate this year’s BizSMART @ Work Award winners. Recology’s team thrives on working with the businesses and multi-family complexes to help them increase their diversion levels.

Recology works closely with customers by providing waste audits, cost savings analyses, internal recycling and compost containers, recycle buddy bags, posters, in addition to other outreach materials, and onsite trainings and presentations. With these tools, Recology’s Waste Zero Specialist can identify what technical assistance each customer needs to educate their staff and reduce waste going to the landfill.

Award categories include Recycle, Compost, and a combined Recycle and Compost.  The winners for this year’s awards are as follows:

Recycling Category:
Diddams Party Store, San Carlos
Sand Cove Apartments, Foster City

Composting Category:
300 Alpine Road LLC, West Bay Sanitary District
Bayshore Christian Ministries, East Palo Alto
Donato Enoteca, Redwood City
Milagros, Redwood City
Menlo Circus Club, Atherton
Oak Grove HOA/Manor, Menlo Park
Papillon Preschool, San Mateo
Promontory Point, Foster City

Recycling and Composting Category:
Abbott Vascular, Menlo Park
Back Yard Coffee Company, Redwood City
Catered Too, East Palo Alto
Embarcadero Capital Partners LLC, Belmont
Hassett Hardware, San Mateo
Impossible Foods, Inc., Redwood City
Kingston Café, San Mateo
The Plant Cafe, Burlingame
Rocket Fuel, Redwood City
Sweet Production, San Carlos
Villa Lucia’s Pizza, San Mateo County
The public also had a chance to select the 2014 Rethinker’s Choice Award by voting for their favorite nominees selected from the Recycle and Compost category winners through the RethinkWaste website. The winner of the 2014 Rethinkers’ Choice Award will be announced at the luncheon.

The nominees for the 2014 Rethinker’s Choice Award are:
Abbott Vascular, Redwood City
Back Yard Coffee Company, Redwood City
Embarcadero Capital Partners LLC, Belmont
Kingston Café, San Mateo
Sweet Production, San Carlos

Recology San Mateo County Earth Day Giveaway

Posted in Community, Resource Recovery, San Mateo County by ErinAtRecology on April 15, 2014

Recology Earth DayRecology San Mateo County EARTH DAY GIVEAWAY! How will you “go green” this week?

Recology San Mateo County invites you to participate in our Earth Day Giveaway on Facebook. As we gear up for Earth Day on April 22nd, we’re asking San Mateo County residents and businesses to share their tips, photos, or videos that illustrate how they are “going green” this Earth Week.

How to enter:

  1. “Like” Recology San Mateo County on Facebook.
  2. Share a green tip, photo, or video on our Facebook page using the hash tag #EarthDay2014 by 10 am on Tuesday, April 22nd to be eligible for the giveaway.
  3. Share your entry with friends!

Winners will receive a $50 Whole Foods gift card and earth-friendly goodies, including garden-ready herbs, compost, reusable water bottle and bag. Winners will be chosen by number of likes, shares, and Recology staff votes. The winner will be announced on our Facebook page on April 22nd, Earth Day!

How will you celebrate Earth Day? #EarthDay2014

Terms and Conditions:

  • Must be 18 years or older to participate, and be a resident or employee in San Mateo County. Recology employee-owners are not eligible to enter, however friends and family of employee-owners are encouraged to participate.
  • By entering this contest, you agree to a complete release of Facebook from any or all liability in connection with this giveaway. All entries then become the property of Recology Inc.
  • The RSMC Earth Day Giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

Recology San Mateo County Bare Necessities Toiletries Drive

Posted in Community, Events, Recology, San Mateo County by ErinAtRecology on March 11, 2014

Recology San Mateo County is currently collecting donations for our annual Bare Necessities Toiletries Drive.  Each year we partner with CORA of San Mateo County to collect toiletries for CORA’s housing and shelter programs.  CORA is a local organization that helps support victims of domestic abuse.  They are a great asset to our community, and we love to help support their programs.

To donate, please drop off your items at the Recology San Mateo County office by March 31: 

Recology San Mateo
225 Shoreway Road
San Carlos, CA 94070

Recology San Mateo County

About CORA:

Recology San Mateo CountyCORA is the only agency in San Mateo County with the sole purpose of serving victims/survivors of domestic violence/abuse. We are a multicultural agency committed to serving victims/survivors, regardless of age, ethnicity/race, financial status, language, sexual orientation, immigration status, class, religion, gender, mental or physical ability.

CORA provides free and confidential emergency, intervention and prevention services, including the county’s only emergency shelter and transitional housing for victims/survivors and services in Spanish and English.

Last years combined total donations:

Recology San Mateo County

Bradley Washington (Driver at RSMC), Leanne Granucci ( Customer Service Supervisor at RSMC), Jeannette Haskell ( Customer Service Manager at RSMC), and Michael O’Donahue (Development Director at CORA)

6 packs of diapers
6 packs of toilet paper
6 hand gels/body moisturizers
1 bottle of contact lens solution
1 Neosporin
4 packs of dental floss
162 toothbrushes
7 bottles of baby shampoo/baby lotion
2 nursing care kits
18 bars of soap
17 Regular size packs of toothpaste
49 Travel size packs of toothpaste
13 deodorants
20 bottles of shampoo/conditioner
3 quart size bags with misc soaps, conditioners, shampoos, and lotions
11 packs of baby wipes
56 bottles of mouth wash
24 bottles of oral rinse
4 Kleenex boxes
40 razors
13 hair brush/combs

San Francisco Chinese New Year Festival and Parade

Posted in Community, Events, San Bruno, San Francisco, San Mateo County, Silicon Valley, South Bay by ErinAtRecology on January 31, 2014

Chinese New Year at Recology
Happy Lunar New Year – Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Join Recology in celebrating Chinese New Year at the San Francisco Chinese New Year Festival and Parade.

When: February 15, 5:15 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Market and Second Street to Kearny and Jackson
For more information, visit www.chineseparade.com/route.asp

Recology Sunset Scavenger and Recology Golden Gate have been collecting recyclables and trash in San Francisco for well over 80 years. We’re excited to celebrate another year of service at the San Francisco Chinese New Year parade on Saturday, February 15th. Our Recology Drill Team and the Recology Dragon and Pearl will make an appearance at this years parade to welcome the Year of the Horse.

The Recology Dragon and Pearl, created by San Francisco artists Dana Albany and Flash Hopkins, is constructed out of 100% recycled materials. As a “tip-of-the-hat” to our history, the Recology Drill Team will be showing the crowd what they can do with a packing can. In the past, they carried these cans on their backs, house-to-house, up and down stairs, and into backyards collecting trash before carrying it back out to the street to dump into the truck. These folks have to be in shape, since each can weighs 40 pounds when empty!

Following the award-winning drill team, will be “Old Red,” an antique garbage truck built in 1948. While “Old Red” was state-of-the-art in the 1940s, today Recology’s entire fleet of modern collection vehicles are powered by clean, alternative fuels such as liquid natural gas and bio-diesel.

Last in line will be the “Green DeMartini,” an antique truck from 1954. This truck collected materials from the streets of San Francisco for over 30 years!

The Recology Family invites you to celebrate Lunar New Year with us! GUNG HAY FAT CHOY!

Parade route map:

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Tis the Season… for Recycling and Reuse!

Recology Holiday Recycling

Coats for Kids collection kicks off in San Mateo County

Posted in Recology, San Mateo County by recologysanmateocounty on October 23, 2013

Recology San Mateo County (RSMC) is starting their annual Coats for Kids collection program of new and gently used donated coats, from Monday, November 4th through Friday, November 8th.

Drivers from RSMC will collect coats that have been placed in a clear plastic bag and marked “Coats for Kids” at the curbs from residential homes on their collection day in:

· Atherton

· Belmont

· Burlingame

· East Palo Alto

· Foster City

· Hillsborough

· Menlo Park

· North Fair Oaks

· Redwood City

· San Carlos

· San Mateo

· San Mateo County (county “pockets” serviced by Recology San Mateo County)

· West Bay Sanitary District

Collection containers labeled “Coats for Kids” will also be placed at various locations throughout participating cities from Monday, November 4th through Friday, November 15th. Please visit http://www.recologysanmateocounty.com/coats_for_kids.php for a list of drop off locations.

RSMC will deliver all of the donated coats to local non-profit agencies for distribution to those in need of a warm coat during the cold weather season.

Thanks for being part of this year’s Coats for Kids drive in San Mateo County!

Recology San Mateo County cleans up the Bayfront

Posted in Events, Recology, San Mateo County by art at the dump on October 11, 2013

Our Recology San Mateo County volunteers participated in the 29th Annual San Mateo Bayfront Clean Up. Volunteers picked up litter along the Bayfront Trail, San Mateo Creek, Marina Lagoon and Tidelines Park. Most of the materials found were cigarette butts, food wrappers, plastic bags, and plastic water bottles. There were also some very interesting finds in our bay… tires, shopping carts, chairs, and even toys!

“The clean up was a great bonding time with the family and a gratifying experience to be able to help in keeping the environment clean.”

- Sheila, Recology San Mateo County employee-owner

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Trash to Art contest winners

Posted in Recology, Resource Recovery, San Mateo County by recologysanmateocounty on April 11, 2013

Recology San Mateo County is happy to announce the Trash to Art contest winners! The RethinkWaste contest asked students in the Peninsula to make art from trash.

Students of teachers Sandra Sperow and Dawn Tesarowski from Audubon School in Foster City were awarded first place. The fifth grade class was rewarded with $500 by RethinkWaste for their “The U.S.A. Just Got Recycled Map”.

Second place went to Shelly Jones’ fourth grade students at Fiesta Gardens International School for “Young Shadows: Homage to Louise Nevelson”.

Third place went to Kathie Strafaci’s sixth grade class at St. Charles School in San Carols for “Tiger,” a representation of their school mascot.

Winners will receive their awards on Saturday, April 20th from 10AM-2PM at the Shoreway Environmental Center in San Carlos.

For more information, visit www.rethinkwaste.org.

Recology San Mateo County wishes you a Happy Holiday

Posted in Events, Recology, San Mateo County by recologysanmateocounty on December 21, 2012

Recology San Mateo County employee owners hard at work wrapping presents at the PAL/SAL Annual Toy Drive wrapping party. The annual toy drive helps over 700 families in San Mateo County have a Merry Christmas!

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Happy Holidays from the Recology San Mateo County team!

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