ADOPT 3 BINS
Earth Team’s Adopt 3 Bins (A3B) is a project of the Sustainable Youth Internship Program. This project provides 200 families in Alameda County with mentorship, training and supplies to adopt a 3 Bin waste sorting system in their own homes. Earth Team interns work with participating households to provide training materials, recycling and compost bins, and ongoing support with the goal of reducing overall trash and diverting waste from the landfill into recycling and compost.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
If you live in Alameda County and are interested in participating, you can now sign up.
Earth Team, with financial support from CalEPA Environmental Justice Small Grants Program and Altamont Education Advisory Board, wants to help YOU reduce waste at home!
There are many benefits to reducing waste and properly sorting it into 3 Bins: landfill, recycling, and compost.
- It is good for the environment! Reducing waste keeps litter out of our neighborhood, waterways and oceans and reduced the need for polluting landfills.
- It can save you money! Larger trash cans cost you more money, and many waste management services even offer additional financial incentives for sizing down your curbside trash can. Most of the time, its free to switch to larger compost and recycling bins, so if you become a 3 Bin sorting pro and divert waste to compost and recycling instead of the landfill you can earn money for it!
- Its the law! Beginning January 1, 2022 California is requiring all people and businesses to separate food and kitchen scraps from the rest of their trash and put it in the compost instead.
Most frequent questions and answers
We ask that you sign up as soon as possible as Earth Team interns will be reviewing their first round of waste audit baseline data in December 2022. However, the final sign up deadline will be by February 1, 2023 as we have limited supplies.
Earth Team will deliver a 2.4 gallon compost and 7 gallon recycle bin, as well as sorting guides. Earth Team interns will also be available to provide continued support, answer questions, and help with ongoing 3 Bin maintenance. Throughout the project, families will have the opportunity to win prizes for their waste reduction efforts, encouraging proper waste sorting and less contamination in the waste stream!
As a participant, you will be asked to perform a pre-audit of your household waste systems before setting up your 3 Bin system. After, you will also be asked to perform periodic (~2/ month) ongoing waste audits that share data with Earth Team interns on our local waste stream to help determine in proper waste sorting works. This project is projected to end in early May 2023.
EARTHTEAM HAS BEEN WORKING ON
3 BIN SYsTEMS AT SCHOOLS FOR OVER 10 YEARS
Now we would like to help you setup your own 3 bin system at home!