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Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Author Archive: Jennifer Gilbert

Environmental update: Helpful hints for Earth Day

Earth Day is April 22. What are your plans to help the Earth? How about reducing the amount of waste you generate? CalRecycle estimates that in 2012, Davis residents threw away 2.7 pounds of trash each day. That’s not bad compared to a 2012 statewide average of 4.3 pounds, but that’s still a lot of […]

Environmental update: The dirt on composting

There are several ways to compost here in Davis. Yard materials placed in the street are collected by Davis Waste Removal each week and sent to be composted. Food scraps (fruit, vegetables, bread, rice, coffee grounds, etc.) cannot be placed in the street with yard materials. You can compost food scraps yourself in your back […]

Environmental update: Got hazardous waste?

February marks the seven-year anniversary of the statewide landfill ban on batteries, fluorescent light bulbs/tubes, TVs, computer monitors and other products containing mercury. These items are illegal to throw in the trash. Davis residents can safely dispose of their household batteries for free at the Davis Senior Center, CVS/pharmacy stores, Rite-Aid stores, Nugget Markets, Stephens […]

Environmental update: Reduce your waste size in 2014

If you are still trying to think of a good New Year’s resolution, how about a resolution to reduce your waste size — the pounds of waste that you generate every day? Here are some simple suggestions: * Compost your Christmas tree. When you are finished enjoying your cut Christmas tree, you can keep it […]

Environmental update: Here’s how to reduce holiday waste

Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, Americans generate an extra 1 million tons of waste each week. Here are a few ways to make Davis an exception to that rule by reducing, reusing and recycling. * Corrugated cardboard boxes: Reuse as storage containers or recycle. * Wrapping paper, gift boxes, cardboard boxes and cards: Save wrapping […]

Environmental update: Be a smart recycler

The state of California requires all jurisdictions to recycle 50 percent of their waste every year. This waste diversion is measured in weight, not in volume, so a few heavier things sent to the landfill count more than a larger quantity of lighter materials. Davis residents recycled 64 percent of their waste last year and […]

Environmental update: Save water and money this fall

It’s that time of year again! Reducing the amount of water you use from November to February can have a large effect on your water and sanitary sewer bills because sanitary sewer rates are calculated using your average winter water consumption. In the winter, water used for irrigation is at a minimum, so this methodology […]

Environmental update: Our goal is to recycle even more

It’s likely that when you are moving, more than 20 percent of your waste may be cardboard. Please do not throw cardboard in the trash; it can be recycled easily! Flatten and stack cardboard boxes next to your recycling cart and Davis Waste Removal will pick it up for recycling. You can also bring your […]

Environmental update: Got stuff? Donate it Want stuff? Volunteer

If you or someone you know is moving, please consider donating unwanted items instead of throwing them away. There are plenty of choices for your donations. The SPCA Thrift Store, R&R Thrift Store and Goodwill Donation Express all take previously owned items for reuse. You can also post items online at or and […]

Environmental update: Don’t throw it out; donate it for reuse

If you or someone you know is moving, please consider donating unwanted items instead of throwing them away. There are many places in Davis where you can bring your items for reuse. The SPCA Thrift Store, Goodwill Donation Xpress, R&R Thrift Store and All Things Right & Relevant all take previously owned items for reuse. […]

Environmental update: Recycle and reuse when moving

If you are moving, please consider donating unwanted items instead of throwing them away. There are many places in Davis where you can bring your stuff for reuse. The SPCA Thrift store, All Things Right & Relevant and the Goodwill Donation Xpress are just a few of the many places in Davis where you can […]

Environmental update: Recycling opportunities abound

People generally think of a landfill as a place where trash goes. The Yolo County Central Landfill, however, has much more to offer than just trash disposal. The landfill accepts electronics for free recycling every day. This includes television and computer monitors, cell phones, fax machines, printers, stereos, keyboards, vacuum cleaners, toasters, typewriters, VCRs, CPUs, […]

Environmental update: Spring cleaning? Drop off that bulky waste

Has the spring cleaning bug bitten you? If so, you can dispose of your unwanted items for free at the 2013 bulky item drop-off days event April 11-13 at Davis Waste Removal, 2727 Second St. Hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 11-12, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 13. […]

Environmental update: Grasscycling can help your lawn

By now, most people realize they can recycle newspaper, bottles and cans. What many people don’t know is that you can recycle grass clippings via grasscycling. Grasscycling is the process of recycling grass by leaving clippings on the lawn when you mow. Grass clippings left on a lawn can quickly decompose, recycling nutrients into the […]

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