As we celebrate Earth Day this month, we also want to highlight and reintroduce sustainable practices. Since the start of the pandemic, disposables have made their way into our lives through increased online shopping, the inability to use reusables in grocery stores, and from personal protective equipment purchases. Now, a year into the pandemic, there… Read more »
If you are like many of us, at home during this pandemic, you have increased your online purchasing, and some of those purchases come packaged in cardboard.
Last summer, Ecology Center and the City of Berkeley stopped the collection of extra cardboard due to concerns over the potential for spread of Covid-19. In October 2020,… Read more »
If you are a Berkeley Resident, you wheel out your recycling carts to the curb each week where it is collected for processing by the Ecology Center or the City of Berkeley. Our trucks transport and empty your recycling at the Community Conservation Center’s (CCC) Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) at Second and Gilman St. where… Read more »
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to run its course, human and environmental health are at risk. An alarming resurgence of single-use plastics threatens our climate and hard-won progress towards reducing our reliance on single-use plastic disposables. In recent years, we have celebrated enormous wins, including homegrown campaigns across the nation focused on the fight against… Read more »
It can feel impossible to get away from using plastic. In our consumer world, plastic is everywhere and deciding what to do with it, can be confusing.
More than 4.83 million tons of plastic film has been generated to date and only about 9.1% of that plastic is recycled.
The Ecology Center Helpdesk fields dozens… Read more »