Agriculture + Environment

Moving out soon? Don’t toss stuff, donate it

By From page A2 | July 06, 2012

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, R&R Thrift Store and All Things Right & Relevant consignment store all take previously owned items for reuse.

Check out the City of Davis Recyclopedia online at DavisRecycling.org for places to reuse and recycle everything from refrigerators and clothing to home décor and furniture.

Please help keep our city beautiful and be responsible as you are moving. Do not leave unwanted furniture and other household items in the street or on the sidewalk. It’s against the law and it’s a safety hazard for bicycles and pedestrians.

It is also a violation of city code to leave indoor furniture in front of your property in public view (i.e., indoor couches in the front yard). Such code violations may be reported by calling the city’s code compliance hot line at (530) 757-5646 or online with the code investigation form at CityofDavis.org.


Do you love garage sales? How about an opportunity to help the community, reduce waste and participate in a city-wide free garage sale? If this sounds good to you, sign up to volunteer for the Apartment Move-Out Waste Reduction Program.

The city’s Recycling Program is once again teaming up with apartment managers to encourage reusing and reducing the amount of waste that happens during the yearly August turnover. At the end of August, Davis recycling staff will set up donation stations at participating apartment complexes, and residents at those apartments can donate items they no longer want or need. Local nonprofit groups and other apartment residents stop by and take the items they want. The end result is that good, usable items are kept out of the trash.

Volunteers are needed to organize items in the donation stations (place cushions on sofas, bag up clothing and shoes, stack books and dishes, etc.) from Aug. 27 through Sept. 1. Volunteers are encouraged to keep any donated items they wish — it’s like a free garage sale!

Volunteers are required to attend a training meeting, commit to work a minimum of two hours and fill out the required paperwork prior to participating. Training meetings times are:

* 3 p.m. Monday, July 16, at the Public Works Department, 1717 Fifth St.;

* 3 p.m. Friday, July 27, at the Public Works Department;

* 2 p.m. Monday, July 30 at the Hallmark Inn lounge, 110 F St.; and

 * 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, at the Public Works Department.

If you are available at the end of August and are interested in making a difference for the environment, call (530) 757-5686 or email [email protected] to sign up for the move-out program.


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, microwaves, DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes, cassette tapes and more. There is a fee for appliances.

The landfill also accepts household hazardous waste every Friday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Bring your fluorescent bulbs and tubes, cleaning products, propane cylinders, paint, and pesticides, used syringes (must be in a certified sharps container) and more for free and safe disposal.

The landfill is open from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. To reach the landfill, head north on Pole Line Road from Davis and turn right on County Road 28H.

— Jennifer Gilbert is the city of Davis’ conservation coordinator; her column is published monthly. Reach her at [email protected].

Jennifer Gilbert

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