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Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin, Inc.

SFGoodwill is a leader in diverting textiles and other materials from local landfills.
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Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin (SFGoodwill) is a non-profit social enterprise, whose mission is to train and place local residents with signifcant barriers to employment in relevant jobs.  In the U.S., 85% of textiles end up in landfill, and in San Francisco, 4,500 lbs. of textiles enter landfills every hour of every day, which equals 39 million pounds on an annual basis.  SFGoodwill receives millions of items and materials generously donated by the residents and businesses in our region.  We divert them from local landfills, giving them a second life through sales in Goodwill stores, ReCompute and eCommerce businesses.  The revenue generated in sales funded SFGoodwill’s job training and placement programs for people ready to transform their lives through the power of work.

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Linda Pratt, M.B.A.
415-575-4537
San Francisco

Northern California Recycling Association (NCRA) and LITE Initiatives (LITE)

Leading the way to zero waste - at home, work and play! Want to join in?
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NCRA, www.ncrarecycles.org, is a non-profit trade organization of recycling businesses, community groups, municipalities and individuals. We promote waste reduction, reuse, salvaging, recycling and composting as vital tools for resource and energy conservation and as cost-effective, environmentally sound methods of disposing of discarded materials.

NCRA vice president Portia Sinnott is a Zero Waste Consultant and ED of LITE Initiatives, www.liteinitiatives.org. LITE is a Sonoma County based activist group that promotes simple, sustainable practices with significant consequences. Our four programs - Car-Lite, Community Bikes, Living Green and Zero Waste Sonoma County, all promote safety, sharing and the development of DIY - Do It Your Self, skills.

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Portia M. Sinnott
707 824-9931
Sebastopol

Codding

An investment holding company making strategic decisions with respect, trust and vision for the environment. One of it’s largest investments is Sonoma Mountain Village, a 200 acre, mixed-use, solar powered, zero waste community internationally recognized as the first One Planet Community in North America and one of the World’s Greenest Neighborhoods.

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Tina Montgomery
707.795.3550
Rohnert Park

Michaels Green Upholstery

Michael’s Custom Built Inc. is a progressive upholstery shop, We build
new furniture and Reupholster, Recycle, Restyle, Reduce, Reuse, Redesign,
Recover and Redecorate your Residence and Commercial offices, hotel, wineries
and restaurants. We have the resources to make any upholstered piece more earth
friendly. We carry unique natural fiber fillers and fabrics such as silk, wool,
cork, linen, and cotton.

Michael’s offers clients an environmentally conscience product without
compromising on design or style. Either a new piece of furniture or the reworking
of an old treasured piece we are committed meeting every client’s individual
needs and desires.

In the past few years Michael’s has researched and located sources
from around the world to supply us with natural and organic materials for our
Green Furniture clients.

When creating a piece of new environmentally friendly furniture we use
organic cotton and hemp for our batting, ticking, and webbing. Our frames are
made from recycled wood or F.S.C. (Forest Steward Council) certified wood. We
use low V.O.C. glues and adhesives and latex rubber.

In our small way we feel
proud that we are encouraging the reduction of furniture waste in our
overcrowded landfills. By reupholstering furniture and building new furniture
using the most renewable resources we are helping to protect our soil, water,
and air.

Sonoma County Waste Management Agency

Reduce the Amount of Landfilled Waste

The Sonoma County Waste Management Agency, formed in April 1992, is the joint powers authority of the nine incorporated cities and the County of Sonoma. The mission of the agency is waste diversion required by State law AB939 to reduce the amount of landfilled waste in the following areas: municipal yard debris, wood waste, household hazardous waste, education and planning. Programs include:

  • Hazardous waste program for residents and businesses for proper disposal of items like paint, garden chemicals, automotive fluids, etc.
  • Eco-Desk 565-DESK(3375) Answering questions about recycling, hazardous waste and other disposal issues.
  • Annual Recycling Guide, English and Spanish versions.
  • Business assistance complying with California’s Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law, AB 341 (effective July 1, 2012) and California’s Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling Law, AB 1826 (effective April 1, 2016). Free Agency support and resources include conducting waste audits at no cost, training on proper separation of trash, recycling  and organics and recycling containers for indoor use.
  • Sonoma County Waste Management Agency Waste Reduction Program for Carryout Bags Ordinance 2014-2.
  • Monthly electronic recycling events to make it convenient to drop off computer equipment, consumer electronics, TVs, office equipment and kitchen/household appliances.

Visit the Agency’s website at www.RecycleNow.org for details.

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