Friday, April 18, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
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Get rid of unwanted bulky items at annual spring cleaning program

Davis residents can dispose of bulky items too big for their trash receptacles at the annual event jointly sponsored by the city of Davis and Davis Waste Removal. Items may be dropped off at DWR, 2727 Second St., from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 12-13, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 14.

Items accepted will include refrigerators and freezers (limit of two), other large appliances, mattresses, furniture, sinks, bathtubs, toilets, wood scraps and scrap metal.

Electronics and other techno recyclables — such as TVs, computer monitors, microwaves, computer components, microwaves, CDs, DVDs, floppy discs, cassette tapes and more — also will be accepted for free disposal.

This service is available for Davis Waste Removal residential customers only. ID will be checked at the drop-off. Commercial haulers are not permitted.

Please do not bring soil, dirt, concrete, asphalt, tires, hazardous waste and regular household garbage. These items can be taken to the Yolo County Landfill on County Road 28H every day for recycling and disposal. Landfill fees may apply.

For more information about the bulky item drop-off event, visit DavisRecycling.org, or call DWR at (530) 756-4646.

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Hazardous waste will not be accepted at next week’s special event, but it can be brought to the free household hazardous waste drop-off events every Friday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the landfill.

Bring in your paints, pesticides, fluorescent light bulbs, household cleaners, expired medicines (no controlled substances), etc., for free and safe disposal.

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Earth Day is April 22; what are your plans to help the Earth? There are two great opportunities in the city this month to give something back:

* Recycling presentation, at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. Topics to be covered in the hourlong talk include what you can put in your recycling cart; plastics recycling, understanding the numbers in the recycling symbols; and dealing with batteries, compact fluorescent bulbs, electronics, pharmaceuticals and other “special wastes.”

Registration is not required, but those interested may reserve a seat and RSVP to the Public Works Department at (530) 757-5686 or pwweb@cityofdavis.org. Residents also can RSVP via Facebook; just visit Facebook.com/DavisRecycing.org and click on the events tab.

* Have you been considering replacing the old toilets in your home with brand-new high-efficiency toilets? The city of Davis is offering a rebate of up to $125 per toilet to single-family residential customers who replace their old high-flow toilets with an eligible 1.28 gallons-per-flush EPA WaterSense-labeled, high-efficiency toilet.

The deadline for purchase and installation is June 30. Certain restrictions apply; for more information, visit www.cityofdavis.org/pw/Projects/Toilet-Rebate.

Looking for more Earth Day ideas? Here are some other green tips:

* Sew a reusable tote bag from scrap fabric or weave one from plastic bags and take it with you when you shop.

* Audit your trash bins — take a really close look at what you are throwing in your trash. Can it be recycled or reused? Check the Recyclopedia at DavisRecycling.org to find out.

* Starting up a spring garden? Use less toxic means to keep your garden (and your home) free of pests. Visit OurWaterOurWorld.org for more information.

* If you are throwing out your banana peels, coffee grounds and wilted lettuce in the trash, why not try composting it instead? Composting your food scraps via in-ground composting is a simple and pest-free way of turning your waste into great garden soil. See DavisRecycling.org for details.

— Jennifer Gilbert is the city of Davis’ conservation coordinator. This column is published monthly. Follow her on Twitter at @DavisRecycling, or “like” her on Facebook at Facebook.com/DavisRecycling.org

Jennifer Gilbert

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