Upcycling Plastic Waste into Jewelry with Harriete Estel Berman

On December 10, 2021, Craft in America, a Peabody award-winning series on PBS, will be airing an episode on jewelry, which will feature a Bay Area artist named Harriete Estel Berman who highlights the problems of plastic pollution through her work. She is now bringing attention to the environmental issues caused by plastic pollution by upcycling discarded plastic waste to make art and jewelry, including intricate bracelets. According to Berman, she uses “the humblest of materials taken from the waste stream of our society to examine the values of our society.”

Berman is a resident of San Mateo and has made a living through jewelry making, sculpting, and metalsmithing. Berman holds a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts (BFA) in Metalsmithing from Syracuse University and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from Tyler School of Art, Temple University.

To learn more about Harriete Estel Berman and her thought-provoking work, tune into PBS for the Jewelry episode on December 10th, from 9:00pm – 10:00pm or anytime via streaming on the Craft in America website here. To view more of Berman’s amazing post-consumer recycled plastic collection creations, you can visit her website here.



Photo source: www.harrieteestelberman.com

New Recycling Law Starts January 1, 2022

Diverting Organic Waste and Recyclables is Now Mandatory with a New California State Law SB 1383

November 8, 2021

A new California State Law, Senate Bill (SB) 1383 Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy, aims to keep food and other compostable materials (“organics”) out of landfills to reduce emissions that contribute to climate change.

Effective January 1, 2022, regulations for SB 1383 will be implemented in West Contra Costa County along with the member cities in this jurisdiction and the garbage collection companies (Republic Services and East Bay Sanitary).


To Comply with SB 1383

To comply with this law, all businesses and residents will be required to separate organics and recyclable materials from trash and either subscribe to the required collection services or self-haul to an appropriate facility for diversion.

If you are a business owner in West Contra Costa County, click here

If you are a multifamily property owner in West Contra Costa County, click here

If you are resident of West Contra Costa County, Click here


The Goal of SB 1383

Regulations will take effect on January 1, 2022. The goal of SB 1383 is to reduce organic waste disposal 75% by 2025 and to rescue 20% of surplus edible food for the food insecure by 2025.


The Solution: Fight Climate Change

California is experiencing the effects of a climate crisis: hotter summers, rising sea levels that erode our coastlines, extreme droughts, and more devasting fire seasons.

The solution? Take on the climate crisis. This will put California and West Contra Costa County in a much better position to protect the health of our people and our planet.

View the video from CalRecycle to learn more about California’s Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy.


The Solution: Reduce Food Waste to Feed the Food Insecure

Approximately 1 out of every 6 people in Contra Costa County and in California are food insecure, meaning these individuals or families struggle to find their next meal. This law will help reduce food waste and help feed the food insecure.


City Solid Waste Ordinances

Each city is required to adopt a Solid Waste Ordinance that complies with the requirement of the law.

Refer to the specific member city agency for the ordinances.



RecycleMore Launches New Website

New Website Makes It Easier for West Contra Costa County Residents and Business Owners to Recycle, Compost and Live Greener

November 8, 2021

What should I do with leftover paint? Where can I learn about recycling events in my community? How do I maintain compliance with California and local waste policies? These are just some of the common questions and challenges West Contra Costa County residents and business owners face when they want to get involved with local waste reduction efforts.

RecycleMore has recently launched a user-friendly website that answers these questions and offers residents and business owners the most accurate, comprehensive information, and education about local solid waste and recycling programs.

The new RecycleMore website also features an ultimate “Recycling Guide’‘- which functions like an easy-to-use search engine- that will help local residents and businesses learn how to properly recycle or dispose of more than 300 items. The guide will also provide tips for sustainable living and information for community involvement.

“The Authority is very excited to launch the long-awaited new website for the West Contra Costa County Community. It will be much easier now for the community to refer to the website for available information and to recycle more, live more sustainably, and understand what is required of them to comply with the laws,” says Peter Holtzclaw, Executive Director of RecycleMore.

The RecycleMore website now offers:

  • Community Recycling Resources: Explore educational resources about local programs for residents, businesses, and schools, and information about relevant legislation compliance.
  • Recycling Guide: Search for local disposal and alternative recycling options for over 300 items using a desktop or mobile devices.
  • Hazardous Waste Information: Find information on what is considered household hazardous waste and what facilities and relevant programs are available in the community.
  • Board of Directors Meeting Schedules & Agendas: Find up-to-date information about board members, meetings times, and agenda items.
  • News & Local Events Information: : Find out the latest news for community programs such as local collection events for household hazardous waste, mattresses, and medication take-back.

RecycleMore developed the new website and recycling guide in partnership with Recyclist, a Truckee, Calif.-based startup that provides digital public education solutions to solid waste and recycling program managers.

Calling Local Artists Looking for a Unique Residency Program

October 25, 2021

The City of El Cerrito is inviting all artists in Contra Costa or Alameda County to apply for The EL Cerrito Creative ReUse (“ECCRU”) Artist Residency program taking place at the El Cerrito Recycling + Environmental Resource Center (“RERC” or “Center”). Click here for the flyer.

The purpose of this program is to support local artists who work with recycled materials, and to encourage environmental stewardship – specifically resource conservation, recycling, and upcycling – in the community through art that inspires people to think about sustainability and consumption.

The ECCRU Program was approved by the El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission (“ACC”) in 2015. The Artist selected for this term will be the third ECCRU Artist in the City’s history. The Program is funded by the Art in Public Places Program, established with the passage of the City’s Public Places Ordinance (Section 13.50 ECMC). Click here to learn more about the program.

View the most recent artists and view some of their work:



The City of El Cerrito requires all submissions to be provided online. Click here to apply for the position. Proposals are due by 4:00p.m. on Friday, November 19, 2021.

All questions regarding this Call for Artists may be directed to Alexandra Orologas, Assistant City Manager, City of El Cerrito, (510) 215-4302 or Email: [email protected]




RecycleMore does not sponsor or underwrite the artist program.

How to Reach Us

RecycleMore staff are back physically working in the office part-time as of 10/1/21. Feel free to continue to reach out to us via email.


For general inquiries, fill out our Contact Form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.



Peter Holtzclaw, Executive Director: [email protected]

Andrew Schneider, Senior Program Manager: [email protected]

Christina Leard, Program Manager (HHW Programs): [email protected]

Donald Sturman, Manager of Finance and Administrative Services: [email protected]

Lisa Borreani, Recycling Coordinator/Administrative Assistant: [email protected]

April Canavan, CivicSpark Fellow: [email protected]

RecycleMore Offices Have Relocated!

New contact information – our offices have moved!

Please update our address and phone number to:

3220 Blume Drive – Suite 198
Richmond, CA 94806


Discount Compost Bins

To encourage composting, RecycleMore/West Contra Costa County is offering a discount of $53.00 towards the purchase of a Soil Saver Compost Bin, a Wriggly Wranch Worm compost bin, or a Compost Tumbler. By composting at home, you can reduce your garbage and create healthy soil for your plants. Home composting takes little time, space and effort. Compost returns nutrients to the soil, such as phosphorus, potassium, nitrogen, and many trace minerals, which are slowly released and contribute to healthy plant growth. Compost is a natural fertilizer.

RecycleMore has teamed up with Triformis Corporation to offer discounted composting products to the residents of West Contra Costa County (El Cerrito, Richmond, Pinole, Hercules, San Pablo) and also unincorporated County cities (Bayview, El Sobrante, Tara Hills, Montalvin Manor, North Richmond, Rollingwood and East Richmond Heights). Residents, schools and businesses within the RecycleMore service area can purchase discounted compost bins. Two bin limit per address. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.


Ways to purchase compost bins and supplies:

      1. Call (310) 641-6767, fax (310) 641-6766 or email [email protected] and charge to Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit card or
      2. Visit https://recyclemore.ecwid.com to purchase online or
      3. Mail completed order form (also available in Spanish) with credit card information or enclose a check/money order payable to:  Triformis Corporation 8929 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Box 208, Los Angeles, CA 90045


      Compost Bins

      *New Pricing Effective 7/1/21

      Soil Saver Backyard Compost Bin: $106.00 (with $53.00 discount = $53.00)

      Convert yard trimmings and fruit and vegetable scraps into compost for house and garden plants and fruit trees.

      • Capacity: 11.5 cubic feet/86 gallons
      • Dimensions: 28” L x 28” W x 32” H (when fully assembled)
      • Assembly: Easy to assemble and maintain
      • Materials: 100% recycled material (black color)



      • Walls of bin have air holes for ventilation to maintain proper temperature and aerobic conditions.
      • Efficient square design, ideal for all backyards.
      • Easy to stir and mix for aerobic decomposition.

      Compost Tumbler: $183.00 (with $53.00 discount = $130.00)


      Convert yard trimmings and fruit and vegetable scraps into compost for house and garden plants and fruit trees.

      • Capacity: 58 gallons
      • Dimensions: 45”H x 33 ½”W x 33”L (when fully assembled)
      • Assembly: Easy to assemble and maintain
      • Materials: 100% recycled material (green color) durable, sturdy construction



      • Stainless steel central breaker bar mixes and aerates to breakdown material faster.
      • Tumbling action keeps the contents mixed well, creating organic compost faster Sturdy galvanized tubular steel frame/legs that will not rust.
      • 2 interchangeable screw on lids with ventilation slots to keep compost well aerated.
      • Can be placed on hard surface such as concrete or pavers.
      • Spins vertically to maximize compost production.
      • A daily spin will produce compost in as little as 21 days.
      • Perfect for homes, condos, apartments, schools and businesses.

      Can-O-Worms Compost Bin: $106.00 (with $53.00 discount = $53.00)
      Worms convert fruit and vegetable scraps into organic fertilizer for house and garden plants and fruit trees.

      • Capacity: Holds up to 17,000 worms in extra large capacity working trays
      • Dimensions: 20”L x 22 ½”W x 25 ½”H (when fully assembled)
      • Assembly: Easy to assemble and maintain
      • Materials: 100% recycled material (black color)



      • Patented 2-tier stacking design allows for easy harvesting and maximum circulation
      • Made for individuals of all ages and abilities.
      • Self-harvesting, worms do all of the work, stackable, patented tray system.
      • Collector tray has one screw in tap for liquid collection.
      • Ideal for indoor or outdoor use at homes, condos, apartments, schools and businesses.
      • 1 year limited warranty against manufacturer defects.
      • Worms sold separately.

Take Back Paint Program

Paint Stewardship Program

California is the second state in the nation to enact an industry-led, statewide program to reduce the generation of leftover paint, promote its reuse, and properly manage unwanted leftover paint. This program follows producer responsibility principles to ensure that leftover paint is properly managed in a manner that is sustainably funded and provides jobs to Californians.

The California Paint Care program was launched in October of 2012 starting out with a few select drop off locations. For more information on the program and how you can participate visit the official website!

Residents, non-profit groups, and small quantity generators located in West Contra Costa County can also continue to drop off unwanted or leftover paint at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility in North Richmond. See more information in our recycling guide here.

California Voters Approve Statewide Ban on Single Use Plastic Bags

On November 8, 2016, California voters approved the passage of Proposition 67, Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags. Referendum The new law takes effect immediately and applies to every community statewide.  For more information on what this means, please visit CalRecycle.

West County Cities Enact Ordinances to Encourage the Use of Reusable Bags in Retail Establishments

During the summer and fall months of 2013, the West Contra Costa cities of El Cerrito, Richmond, and San Pablo adopted single use bag reduction ordinances to become effective January 1, 2014.  The City of Hercules adopted an ordinance in September of 2014 which went into effect on March 10, 2015. Each city adopted its own ordinance based on the model ordinance that was developed by RecycleMore on behalf of its’ member agencies. The regional approach ensured that ordinances would not vary significantly between neighboring jurisdictions and also served as a cost saving benefit since a regional environmental review was also conducted as a whole rather than on a city by city basis. Each member agency was responsible for preparing and finalizing the terms and language contained in its’ ordinance with the final approval by their respective city councils. Typically the ordinances ban the distribution of single use (plastic) bags at the point of sale for all retail establishments (except restaurants or take out food establishments), places a 5 to 10 cent charge on each paper bag distributed, and require the paper bags contain a minimal amount of post consumer material. Plastic bags that are used by customers to protect or contain raw meat, fresh produce, and prepared foods from moisture, damage or contamination are exempt.

To see detailed information on the individual ordinances please visit individual city websites for El Cerrito, Richmond, San Pablo, and Hercules.  Comments and specific questions on the ordinances should be directed to the City departments listed on these websites.

As of June 2016, the City of Pinole, and the unincorporated West County areas within RecycleMore’s jurisdiction had not enacted single use bag ban ordinances. Did you know there are efforts to establish legislation supporting a state wide single use bag ban?  Visit this link to learn more.

Recycling Tips for Motorcycle Owners – Motor Oil Disposal

Did you know motorcycle owners change their own oil 5 times more than average motorists? Used oil and filters are considered hazardous materials and unlawful dumping is prohibited by law. Recycling is the only legal way to dispose of them.

Visit RidersRecycle.com to look up useful tips and resources, participate in the 5 minute survey, ask specific questions or write your opinions in the blog, and get access to great discounts on goods and services.

In the meantime this is what you need to know:

  • Recycling oil protects our groundwater
  • Used oil filters are considered hazardous wast
  • Used oil & filters are illegal to throw in the trash
  • Used oil & oil filters are easier to recycle than ever!
  • It’s free to recycle these materials
  • It’s convenient (lots of local locations for drop off)

Here’s how to recycle your used oil & filters:

  • Used oil filter: put it in a sealed container (like a ziplock bag)
  • Used motor oil: put it in a tightly sealed unbreakable container
  • Take both oil and filters to a collection center