Community, Sustainability

Help Hayward fight food waste by becoming a certified StopWaste Environmental Educator

July 23, 2019

The 2019 StopWaste Environmental Educator Training (SWEET) program is accepting applications through August 8, 2019, and all Hayward residents are eligible to apply.

According to the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), as much as 5.6 million tons of food is sent to landfills each year in our state -- leading to high levels of methane emissions, a greenhouse gas twenty-five times more harmful to our climate than carbon dioxide.

The SWEET program is designed to combat this trend by equipping participants with expertise in local food waste prevention solutions and outreach skills. Participants who complete the program will become certified StopWaste Environmental Educators and will be eligible to partner with StopWaste during outreach events, as well as partake in additional trainings in home composting, sheet mulching, and growing food-healthy soil.

The six-class course will primarily take place at the StopWaste office in Oakland on Wednesday evenings throughout September and into October. The cost for the program is $50 per participant.

For more information on the SWEET program and food waste prevention here in Hayward, visit