Friday, January 25, 2013

New 2013 Event Series at the Chamber: Lunch + Learn

On January 24, the Chamber began a new educational series wherein members and guests are invited to bring your lunch and join us for a great brown bag seminar series at the Chamber, entitled "Lunch and Learn." All businesses, members, and visitors are welcome to join.

This month we explored the new mandatory requirements for commercial recycling services in Alameda County with a panel discussion organized by Alameda County Waste Management Authority (

The presentation was entitled; Recycling Rules | Learn what it takes to follow the rules of the new Alameda County law.

The Alameda County Waste Management Authority (StopWaste.Org) has an ambitious goal to reduce waste by ensuring that by the year 2020, recyclables and compostables make up less than 10 percent of what goes to landfill.  To help reach that goal, the Mandatory Recycling Ordinance 2012-01 went into effect July 1, 2012 and prohibits the disposal of certain recyclable materials including paper, cardboard, bottles, and cans.  Affected businesses, those generating four or more cubic yards of garbage per week, need to arrange for adequate recycling service, properly label recycling and garbage containers, and provide recycling information to employees. Inspections of business for compliance will begin this month.


The lunch and learn session was a panel presentation from StopWaste.Org (the waste management authority for the county) and a local waste hauler Waste Management. Presenters,  Rachel Balsley Program Manager at StopWaste.Org  and Pedrito Gella Recycling Representative at Waste Management, together told participants how to learn about (and access) the free resources available to help your business set up or improve a recycling program to be best in compliance with the new law. Waste Management generously provided lunch to all the participants.

Join us for the next Lunch and Learn session at the Chamber on February 20 at Noon, for an in-depth discussion on New Employment Legislation, Impact on Businesses, Recent Trends In Employee Lawsuits with Andrew Shalauta an attorney of Oakland’s Burnham Brown law firm.


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