Martinez Business Beat: March 14, 2018

Compost Giveaway At Marina Swap Meet

Compost will be given away and plastic foam (“Styrofoam”) will be collected from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24, during the Marina Swap Meet at Martinez Yacht Club Parking Lot, 111 Tarantino Drive.

Those who want free compost must bring a driver’s license with a Martinez address, since this giveaway is for Martinez residents only, and they must bring their own containers, and up to 30 gallons will be given to each household, said Marie Knutson, recycling coordinator for Republic (Allied Waste) Services.

Those interested may call 925-671-5814.

Those interesting in vending at the Swap Meet, which does not charge booth fees for sellers, may contact the Martinez Harbor Master Office, 925-313-0942.

Henry Aparicio wins $1,000 In Marketing Services From Deluxe

Henry Aparicio, who attended Monday’s business counseling workshop presented by Deluxe, won $1,000 in marketing services from that company, which also produces the online program “Small Business Revolution.”

Martinez was among the five finalists that competed to be featured in the show’s third season, and as a member of the top 10, was the site of the daylong business advice presentation. Aparicio’s business is

White Pony Receives Grant

White Pony Express (WPE), a volunteer-powered organization Pleasant Hill that serves the less fortunate in Martinez and other areas, has been awarded a $115,000 grant from the California Air Resources Board to support its work in reducing greenhouse gasses through its “Food Rescue” program, said Gary Conner, executive director.

Besides working to end hunger for thousands of Contra Costa County residents, including those who dine at Loaves and Fishes in Martinez, the organization has reduced greenhouse gases by 11,528 metric tons during the past four years, Conner said.

“WPE is very grateful for this generous grant,” he said. “We will use the funds to expand our Food Rescue operations, which, in turn, will prevent more greenhouse gases from being generated.

“Each day, WPE’s trucks are sent to supermarkets, restaurants, and farmers markets to pick up 5,000 pounds of fresh produce, milk, and deli meats that would otherwise go to the landfill,” he said.

The food is distributed the same day at no charge to nonprofit organizations who feed the hungry in Contra Costa County.

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