San Mateo County Faces Growing Concerns Over Restaurant Waste Management, Grand Jury Finds

San Mateo, CA – Local authorities are grappling with a problem that seems mundane yet has far-reaching implications for public health and urban sanitation: restaurant waste management. In San Mateo County, an investigation by a grand jury has highlighted a troubling trend where inadequate disposal practices in restaurants are contributing to environmental degradation and public nuisances such as odor and vermin proliferation. The grand jury report found that many eateries in the area lack proper waste containment and disposal systems. This oversight, often resulting from a combination of ignorance and negligence concerning adequate waste management … Read more

Tesla Settles Lawsuit Over Mishandling Hazardous Waste: Agrees to Pay $1.3 Million in Penalties and Implements Safety Measures

San Francisco, California – Tesla has reached a settlement just one day after 25 California counties filed a lawsuit against the automaker over allegations of mishandling hazardous waste. The settlement requires Tesla to pay $1.3 million in civil penalties and $200,000 for investigation costs. Additionally, the company will be under a detailed injunction for five years that includes employee training and annual waste audits. The audits will be conducted by a third party and will examine trash containers for hazardous waste at 10% of Tesla’s facilities each year. These allegations stem from a six-year environmental … Read more

California Law Promotes Landfill Waste Reduction by Donating Unused Food to Those in Need

San Diego, CA – A new law in California aims to reduce waste in landfills and address food insecurity by requiring certain businesses to donate unused food to food recovery organizations. Senate Bill 1383, which went into effect in 2022, initially applied to grocery stores. However, as of January 1, 2024, the law has expanded to include hotels, restaurants, health facilities, state agency cafeterias, local education agencies, and large venues and events. The primary goal of SB 1383 is to divert food waste from landfills, as decomposing food produces methane gas, a potent pollutant. Patty … Read more