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]

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.

 

Contacts: 

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

510-609-1215

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)

       

      Features:

      • 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

       

      Features:

      • 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)

       

      Features:

      • 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

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

ReFuel Your Fun


Disposables – The Problem

Disposables are dangerous. When “empty,” disposable cylinders often still contain a small amount of gas, posing a danger to sanitation workers due to the risk of explosions and resulting fires. Because of the danger involved, they cost millions of dollars to recycle and dispose of properly.Disposables are expensive when you realize that 80% of the price you pay is for the packaging! In short, you’re paying more for the packaging than for the actual gas!

Every year in North America, 40 million disposable 1 lb. propane cylinders are used, with over four million in California alone.* Because of limited, expensive recycling options, the empty cylinders are often disposed of improperly in landfills, dumpsters, household trash, campsites, on the roadside or in recycling containers.

Propane based on annual cylinder production data and population data.

Refillables – The Solution

Refillables save money. A simple refill costs approximately $2.25 because you only pay for the gas and filling service, not the container!Refillables can last up to 12 years and can be refilled hundreds of times.

Refillables reduce the impact on landfills and the environment. ReFuel Your Fun was developed by local government agencies and other partners through a grant from CalRecycle. 

For a list of retailers selling and and refilling 1 lb. propane cylinders in your area, visit the ReFuelYourFun website.

ReFuel Your Fun is administered by the California Product Stewardship Council. Check out this fact sheet for more information on ReFuel your Fun. For mor einformation, go to www.ReFuelYourFun.org or contact: [email protected]g

Are you a business and want to start offering reusable 1 lb. propane cylinders and/or refill/exchanges services to your customers? Wonderful, we’re here to help! You can purchase reusables from Flame King to sell in your store, or if you have propane on site you can also refill or exchange them. You simply need a forklift cylinder and the Flame King Adapter to do so. You can contact Flame King directly or complete the form on the ReFuelYourFun website to reach out. Please email [email protected] if you start offering reusables so we can promote you and add you to our map of participating locations!

*Estimate provided by Kamps

Pharmaceuticals in the Environment

Pharmaceuticals Now Present in the Environment

Pharmaceuticals are being detected in water and soil by scientists worldwide. A 2002 U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study found pharmaceutical and personal care product contaminants in 80 percent of 139 streams sampled in 30 states.

Pharmaceuticals enter wastewater treatment plants through either excretion or flushing of unused medications. These pharmaceuticals may not be completely degraded or removed at the wastewater treatment plant. Regardless of the level of treatment, most conventional wastewater treatment cannot effectively eliminate pharmaceutical compounds.

Concern about Pharmaceuticals in the Environment

Researchers suspect that hormones and pharmaceutical compounds in the water may be responsible for effects on wildlife including feminization of male fish, sluggish activity or reduced appetite. Short and long term human health effects are currently unknown.

In addition, pharmaceutical use in the general population is growing, so more unwanted drugs are generated and being improperly disposed and thus creating increased environmental concerns.

 

Why You Should Be Careful with Sharps

Improper disposal of used or unwanted “sharps” (needles, syringes, lancets and other sharps items) can cause a serious injury and pose health risks to the public and waste workers. Waste workers are exposed to potential needle stick injuries and potential infection when inappropriate containers break open inside garbage trucks or sharps become exposed when sent to recycling facilities. Housekeepers and janitors may also be injured when loose sharps poke through trash bags. Used needles can also cause painful infections and transmit serious diseases, such as HIV and hepatitis.

The Law

Beginning on September 1, 2008, state law made it illegal to dispose of home-generated sharps waste in the trash or recycling containers, and requires that all sharps waste be transported to a collection center in an approved bio-hazard sharps container.

The California Health and Safety Code defines “home-generated sharps waste” as hypodermic needles, pen needles, intravenous needles, lancets, and other devices that are used to penetrate the skin for the delivery of medications derived from a household, including a multifamily residence or household.

Senate Bill 486, passed in October 2009, required that by July 1, 2010:“…all pharmaceutical manufacturers that sell or distribute a medication in California that is usually intended to be self-injected at home through the use of a hypodermic needle, pen needle, intravenous needle or any similar device, to 1) submit a plan describing their actions to support or provide for the safe collection and proper disposal of the waste devices, and 2) educate consumers about safe sharps management and collection opportunities.”