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AB 1826 – So what is that all about….

AB 1826 is California’s landmark food scraps recycling law that was signed by Governor Brown back in 2014 which goes into affect come April 1, 2016.  Commercial businesses generating 8 cy or more in food waste a week (to start) are mandated to have some kind of organics recycling program or service in place.  This is a huge boon to the composting world…though the best and highest use of the uneaten food should be for human and animal consumption first, composting second!  The organization Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) and the LA Food Policy Council are working on just that.  What an amazing group of dedicated and passionate people.  Check out their work on their websites:

LAANE  http://www.laane.org/what-we-do/projects/the-dwla-project

LA Food Policy Council  http://goodfoodla.org/

Reflections from Westridge Intern

So….last summer, Julia Knorr, a sophmore from Westridge High School in Pasadena, contacted Waste Less Living for an internship!  We were delighted and went straight to work.  For 3 months, we connected each week to discuss the latest development in the industry and local regulatory challenges we faced as a budding and emerging composting service business.  Julia did a superb job of relating her understanding of what was going on.  Check out her blog site here:  https://wastelesstolivemore.wordpress.com/author/wastelesstolivemore/

High Point Academy Going Strong….

Today, High Point Academy documented a 84% waste diversion rate…materials that will be kept out of the landfill.  Of that, 76% was compostable destined for composting.  The school is gearing up for their Earth Day Event on April 22, 2016 and eager to share how they do it!  Within two weeks time, the 7th grade students will be embarking on a science experiment to study the water conservation benefits of using compost on their athletic field.  The results will be shared at the Green School Showcase event on 4/22/16.  The public is invited!  Be on the look out for announcements and press releases in the coming weeks.

Here are some bright & resourceful diy ideas for Christmas!

Merry Christmas! As we approach Christmas there may still be just a few loose ends for you to tie up! Here are a couple ideas that might help with that:

Need some eye-catching gift wrapping?

Look in your kitchen cupboard and empty your chip bag! Read More…at Earth911.com!

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Short a gift or two?

A bit of ingenuity can create something one-of-a-kind. Here are 10 ideas that will put the “special” in “especially made for you!” Read more…at DIY Cozy Home.com!

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Dec 2013: High Point Academy Compost Study Launched!!

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Students running to view the compost that their own collection of food scraps helped to create!

It is with great honor that we celebrate such a momentus event with High Point Academy, its students and their families!

The unique, student-led compost study initiated at High Point Academy this year allowed Waste Less Living to continue building upon our existing successful partnership with High Point Academy.

 High Point students already are sailing ahead in the area of understanding sustainability with the help of our school food scraps program. NOW they have taken it a step further–

High Point Academy students get to see the tangible results of all their hard work and efforts, as they study the effectiveness of compost that has been produced using their very own food scraps!

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We are extremely excited to partner in this and the big things to come with this study!

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about: World Soil Day!

Did you know that it takes 100 years to form 1 cm of soil!

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World Soil day celebrates the importance of soil as a critical component of the natural system and as a vital contributor to the human commonwealth through its contribution to food, water and energy security and as a mitigator of biodiversity loss and climate change.

Read more here!

Here are a few more facts about our good friend, soil (courtesy of DoctorDirt.com) :

  • Soil is a living system.
  • Soil contains 0.01% of the Earth’s water.
  • Soil is 49% Oxygen, 33% Silicone, 7% Aluminum, 4% Iron, and 2% Carbon.
  • Fifty percent of soil is air and water. The rest is mineral and organic material.
  • In one gram of soil, the number of bacteria ranges from 100,000 to several billion.
  • There are 5000 to 7000 different species of bacteria in one gram of soil.
  • The total living matter in an acre of soil ranges from 5000 to 20,000 pounds.
  • Each year, 15 tons of dry soil per acre pass through earthworms. Earthworms eat soil to get the organic materials in it. The rest passes through them.
  • About 42 centuries ago, the Chinese used a soil map to determine taxation amounts.
  • Soil develops from geologic materials such as rocks, glacial deposits, granite, limestone, and stream sediments.
  • Soil influences the life spans of our roads and highways.
  • The stability of the foundations of our houses and buildings are determined in part by the soil they rest on.
  • Soil is much like the earth’s peel, similar to an orange peel.
  • Erosion of soil from our lands clogs rivers and dams and decreases the usefulness of soil for growing plants.
  • Soil is often at the bottom of the food chain. Plants and small invertebrates feed off of the soil and animals feed off of the plants.
  • Soil is used to adsorb wastes.
  • Over 1.1 billion pounds of pesticides worth 25 billion dollars are used each year, much of it ending up in the soil. That is over 4 pounds per person.
  • Cleaning up toxic chemicals in the soil and water has cost $20 billion over the past 15 years in the United States.
  • Cleaning up the rest of the toxic chemicals already in the environment would cost $500 to $2500 per person.
  • The United States has at least 36,000 hazardous waste sites present in our soils.
  • Soil supplies the water and nutrients necessary for plant growth.
  • Around one acre of land is use to supply the food for each person in the world.
  • An acre of corn gives off 4,000 gallons of water a day in evaporation.
  • Soil needs to provide 4,000 gallons of water to grow one bushel of corn and 11,000 gallons of water to grow one bushel of wheat.
  • Soil makes excellent mud pies.

The 28th Annual Waldorf Elve’s Faire – 2013!

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Four of the seven members of Waste Less Living’s team for the Waldorf School’s 28th Annual Elve’s Faire

It was a perfect day for families and friends of Waldorf to explore the many booths for crafts, games, food and more! And with approximately 5,000 attendees is was the largest event Waste Less Living, Inc. has served, yet!

 On Saturday, November 23, 2013 Waste Less Living, Inc. had the priviledge of serving at Waldorf School’s 28th Annual Elve’s Faire.

Kids of all ages were in attendence: from babies being held close to mother or fathers’ hearts, to teenagers exploring the grounds with their peers, to grown-up kids enjoying the array of music/sounds, people, natural scenery and food, food, food!

The Waste Less Living, Inc. team was very busy the entire time as our members directed attendees as to how to properly sort items. Thankfully, since Waldorf decided to use all compostable tableware, almost everything went right into our compost bins!

As you can see below, the results are a bin that is about 90% full of material headed to become good compost (instead of harmful additions to the landfill)!

THE OUTCOME

Waldorf’s initiative and our partnership with them successfully diverted approximately 87% of what was generated during the event, from the landfill!

78% of what was generated was compostable (weighing 1,884 lbs)! 9% of what was generated went to recyclables (weighing at 227 lbs)!

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This bin is 90% full…of compostable material! Waste Less Living, Inc. sorted and delivers these goods to a facility that will help turn all of this into healthy soil!

Congratulations, Waldorf School (located at 209 East Mariposa, Altadena, CA)

We look forward to serving you, again!

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