Case Studies of Innovative Recycling Strategies Prepared for the California Integrated Waste Management Board

Date: 14 Jan 2000 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, waste - recycling, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

These five case studies of innovative recycling strategies were prepared for the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) to help jurisdictions meet the state’s 50% diversion goal. Each case study details model programs, costs and benefits, tips for replication, contacts, and resources for more information.

Food Waste Recovery

by Brenda Platt

This case study features food recovery initiatives in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Santa Cruz County. It details collection systems for the commercial and institutional sector, collection of residential food discards with yard trimmings, and on-site composting of private sector food scraps.

Mini Trash Bins Help Office Settings Reduce Waste 50 Percent and More

by Brenda Platt

Taking away people’s trash cans to reduce office waste is a novel concept-a concept that is spreading and resulting in high waste diversion. The heart of the system is making employees responsible for their trash by replacing their deskside trash can with a small mini trash bin. This case study features programs in Ontario, Canada, and in the City of San Jose.

Serving Diverse Populations with Recycling by Mark Jackson 2000This case study identifies barriers communities may face in delivering recycling services to diverse populations (multi-ethnic, low-income, tourist, student, elderly), and features how cities are overcoming these challenges.

Recycling at Special Events

by Kelly Lease

This case study will help event organizers to reduce waste and local planners to establish programs and policies to encourage event recycling within their jurisdictions. It highlights efforts in California and elsewhere.

Recycling in Multi-Family Dwellings

by Kelly Lease

This case study features programs and policies to encourage recycling in multi-family dwellings. It documents programs in Central Costa Contra, Davis, and Malibu (CA) as well as examples from across the U.S.

For more information on other case studies of innovative waste reduction initiatives prepared under this project, go to the CIWMB Web site: