Green Tips and Information
use low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints and sealants use recycled paints use leftover paint as primer on new sets recycle or properly dispose of leftover paint donate old props and set dressing to schools and non-profits
CATERING AND CRAFT SERVICES
provide reusable bottles, plates, cups, and cutlery, or use biodegradable plates and cups - try corn-based display prominent recycling bins for cans and bottles display prominent compost bins for food wastes label garbage cans "landfill" so users will think twice refill and reuse your water bottle avoid Styrofoam and plastic serve organic and locally-grown food donate leftover food - charities appreciate your unserved catering leftovers
GOOD SAMARITAN FOOD DONATION ACT
Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act. Explains the Good Faith Clause that covers individuals or businesses who donate food in good faith. Links to Act text.
Recycling and Donations
FEEDING AMERICA (Formerly America's Second Harvest)
Accepts nonperishable and sealed perishable food. Serves to the needy.
Free pick-up of food from catered events. Serves in shelters.
FOODBANK OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Accepts nonperishable and sealed perishable food. Free pick-up usually within 24 hrs of placing the donation. Serves to the needy.
DIRECTORY: CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF FOODBANKS
List of food banks in California.
FILM, TAPE STOCK, AND EXPENDABLES
buy recycled tapes and expendables consider using hard disk recorders reuse old tapes recycle your expendables, film ends, and tapes resell film and tapes
stock chlorine-free toilet paper, paper towels, and tissues use cleaning agents low in VOCs (volatile organic compounds) stock paper products with post-consumer recycled content
read documents on your screen instead of printing convert hard copy procedures to e-mail reduce number of copies of each document route documents to multiple readers instead of making copies make double-sided copies use the reverse of one-sided copies as scratch paper recycle all paper
buy quality used furniture, equipment, and electronics buy green office supplies buy bulk snacks instead of individually-wrapped snacks
use a water filtration system instead of purchasing bottled water (which is usually filtered tap water anyway) institute an "office mug" policy instead of providing Styrofoam cups serve drinks in glasses, not cans and bottles recycle cans and bottles
recycle toner cartridges and batteries recycle electronics - e-waste is hazardous sell or donate usable electronics, supplies, and furniture turn off and unplug all electronics at the end of the day, especially computers
Pick-up or drop-off for e-waste. Sells green office supplies, such as recycled paper.
Free Residential and Business Pick Up: Centrally located in the Los Angles metro area, EWC offers a complete line of on-site collection services, including free monitor, PC, and television pick up.
Free pick-up for e-waste.
Southern California 562.569.5656 / Sacramento-Stockton 916.437.8927
- MANUFACTURER-SPONSORED ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT RECOVERY
- DELL ASSET RECOVERY PROGRAM
- EPSON RECYCLE PROGRAM: Recycle toner and hardware
- GATEWAY TRADE-IN AND RECYCLE PROGRAM
- HEWLETT-PACKARD PRODUCT RECYCLING
- IBM ASSET RECOVERY SOLUTIONS
DIRECTORY: ELECTRONIC PRODUCT MANAGEMENT DIRECTORY
Search for a recycling facility for specific materials.
916.341.6000 (Main Switchboard)
Information and a directory of California e-waste recyclers.
Accepts office furniture, office supplies, office equipment, computer systems, paper products, and miscellaneous items for redistribution.
WASTE MANAGEMENT INC: Recycle America Program
Recycles office products, and e-waste. Shreds sensitive information.
CA INTEGRATED WASTE MANAGEMENT BOARD
Information about waste and recycling in California.
BOTTLES AND CANS
Bottles and cans. Search for recycling centers by zip code. Information about California Refund Value.
1.800.recycle / 800.732-9253
CALIFORNIA MATERIALS EXCHANGE
Online marketplace for non-hazardous materials. Businesses buy and sell.
Los Angeles County Department of Public Works Recycler Locator
1 (888) CLEAN LA
buy FSC-certified lumber reuse or donate old lumber use recycled-content plastic lumber use reusable construction materials, such as metals
FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL
Information about sustainable forestry. Look for the FSC logo on all ecologically-friendly wood products.
Recycling and Donations
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Accepts donations of and/or sells unused and reusable building materials at their ReStores. Proceeds go toward building Habitat homes. Find numbers for local affiliates: http://www.habitat.org/cd/local/affiliate.aspx?place=91.
display prominent recycling bins for cans and bottles label garbage cans "landfill" to make users think twice use reusable water bottles reuse, donate, or recycle sets use biodiesel generators use energy-efficient equipment use LEDs where possible - these are light, bright, and long-lasting, as well as low-energy turn off and unplug equipment when not in use
Recycling and Donations
HOLLYWOOD CINEMA PRODUCTION RESOURCES
Sells and rents used sets, accepts your used sets. Pick-up available. Benefits film program for underprivileged students.
SAFE SETS RECYCLING CORP (no web site)
Accepts old sets and donates them to productions that want them. Nonprofit.
carpool use public transportation rent or buy a hybrid or alternative-fuel vehicle
Look for CO2 cleaning and wet cleaning dry cleaners Donate old clothes Consider clothing made from organically-grown fibers
LIST: URBAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY INSTITUTE
A comprehensive list of environmentally friendly dry cleaners. Look for services fully dedicated to CO2 cleaning or wet cleaning.
Recycling and Donations
Accepts ready-to-wear women's business clothes for job-seekers.
CLOTHES THE DEAL
Accepts professional clothing for deserving job-seekers.
THE PRINCESS PROJECT
Accepts 2002 or newer formal gowns and party dresses for deserving high school girls to go to prom.
ST. ANTHONY FOUNDATION
Accepts used clothing.
Urban Possibilities provides free “gently used” business clothing to disadvantaged men and women engaged in a job search.
WOMEN HELPING WOMEN
Accepts used professional clothing to benefit women.
EDUCATION / CONSULTANTS / GOVERNMENT & STUDIO SUPPORT
Information about recycling in California.
Information about green practices in California. Find a location near you.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Information and news about a wide range of environmental topics, from recycling to global warming.
213.244.1800 (Southern California Field Office)
ENVIRONMENTAL MEDIA ASSOCIATION
Organization promoting media with green content and made with green production standards. Learn more about environmental filmmaking and EMA's Green Seal.
PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA - GREEN PRODUCTION GUIDE
This site offers many tools to achieving a carbon-neutral production: An international & interactive Green Vendor Guide, a studio-approved Carbon Calculator, PGA's Best Practices geared toward independent productions, and a link to PGAgreen.org - the hub of all information & networking related to greening productions.
WARNER BROTHERS ENVIRONMENTAL HANDBOOK
Click to download the .pdf. An excellent guide on how to cut costs and reduce the environmental impact of production. Provided courtesy of Warner Brothers Environmental Initiatives Department.