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Jennifer Gilbert

Environmental update: Do your part to conserve water

As the weather gets hotter, it seems like a good time to talk more about the drought. In April, Gov. Jerry Brown issued a second proclamation of continued state of emergency due to the drought, ordering that California residents and businesses implement increased conservation measures. The governor ordered all Californians to take specific actions to […]

June 04, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Environmental update: Start saving water now and reap benefits next year

The city of Davis is encouraging all water customers to reduce their use in an effort to lower water consumption citywide and prepare for a new consumption-based fixed rate structure. Beginning Jan. 1, the city’s water service fees will be based on the consumption-based fixed rate structure. The CBFR structure is made up of three […]

May 02, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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 […]

April 13, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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 […]

March 09, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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 […]

February 06, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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 […]

December 31, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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 […]

December 08, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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 […]

November 05, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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 […]

October 08, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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 […]

September 06, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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 Sacramento.Craigslist.org or FreeCycle.org and […]

August 09, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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. […]

July 09, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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 […]

May 29, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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, […]

May 03, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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