It’s time to reduce plastics and return to reality-based recycling

It's time to reduce plastics and return to reality-based recycling
The Ecology Center began one of the nation’s first curbside recycling programs, on the heels of the first Earth Day. As operators of that same recycling program through the decades, we have had a front-row seat to the recycling industry’s complex evolution. In those early days, we fought to be taken seriously and to demonstrate… Read more »

2016 Holiday Schedule for Our Programs

2016 Holiday Schedule for Our Programs
Happy holidays to our friends and community! Some of our programs will have a little break as we head into 2017. Please see below for holiday schedules for all of our programs. Berkeley Curbside Recycling: Crew will run their usual Monday routes and Recycling phone (510) 527-5555 will be answered on 12/26/16 and 01/02/2017. Ecology… Read more »

Ecology Center’s Recycling Director, Daniel Maher, Faces Unjust Deportation

Ecology Center's Recycling Director, Daniel Maher, Faces Unjust Deportation
The US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has seized the Ecology Center’s Recycling Director, Daniel Maher, and is detaining him indefinitely under the threat of immediate deportation to China. Daniel has been an integral part of the Ecology Center for almost a decade, leading Berkeley’s curbside recycling program. Daniel immigrated from Macau when he was… Read more »

Ecology Center Program Schedules this Week for July 4th Holiday

Ecology Center Program Schedules this Week for July 4th Holiday
This is the schedule for Ecology Center’s programs and services for the holiday, July 3-4th : Farmers’ Market – Thursday North Berkeley Farmers’ Market runs as usual; Saturday Downtown Berkeley Farmers’ Market runs as usual. Recycling – Curbside recycling operates its usual schedule and routes this week. Store – Open on Friday and Saturday, regular… Read more »

Forty Years Later, Looking Back at How Recycling Started and Spread

Forty Years Later, Looking Back at How Recycling Started and Spread
Waste & Recycling News is marking 40 years of curbside recycling with an article that looks back at how modern recycling got its start, from recycling centers in high school parking lots to the first voluntary curbside collections. Among the first leaders were Berkeley citizens who organized to rescue reusable and recyclable materials from the… Read more »