Davis residents can get an early start on their spring cleaning at the city of Davis’ annual Bulky Item Drop-Off Days next month at Davis Waste Removal, 2727 Second St. Hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 12-13, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 14.
Bring your unwanted bulky items: refrigerators and freezers (limit of two), large appliances, mattresses, furniture, sinks, bathtubs, toilets, wood scraps, scrap metal and other bulky items for free disposal.
Electronics and other techno trash, such as TVs, computer monitors, microwaves, computer components, microwaves, CDs, DVDs, floppy discs, cassette tapes and more also will be accepted at this event for free.
Please be advised that this service is available for Davis Waste Removal residential customers only. ID will be checked at the drop-off. Materials from commercial haulers and businesses will not be accepted.
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 every day for recycling and disposal. Standard fees will apply.
* Composting: There are several ways to compost in Davis. Yard materials placed in the street are collected by DWR 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 yard.
Free composting classes will be offered:
* Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Community Chambers at City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd.; and
* Monday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Public Works Corporation Yard, 1717 Fifth St.
After attending a class, Davis residents can sign up to receive a starter set of composting worms for $5, and residents in single-family homes can receive a backyard compost bin for $10.
* Yard material piles: As we head into spring and start working in our gardens, it’s time to review yard material pile etiquette.
Please place your yard materials on the street as close to your scheduled pickup date as possible. If your gardeners come the day after your piles are picked up, your trimmings will sit in the street all week. Ask your gardeners to come the day before your pickup instead. Check DavisRecycling.org for the yard material pickup schedule.
Piles of trimmings should be no larger than 5 feet in any dimension and placed 18 inches from your curb or gutter. Be aware that yard material piles can create serious hazards for cyclists; bike lanes should never be blocked. This may mean that your pile cannot be 5 feet wide if it obstructs the bike lane.
Per city code, yard material must be placed immediately adjacent to the property from which it originated. Please do not place your pile across the street or around the corner — it will not be picked up! And don’t block fire hydrants, storm drain inlets and driveways.
Acceptable items in yard material piles include grass clippings, brush, leaves, weeds, discarded floral displays, indoor plants, Christmas trees and branches up to 8 inches in diameter.
These items are not accepted in yard material piles: pet waste, sod, soil, fruit, flower pots, wire, stumps, fencing, bricks, concrete, lumber, and branches larger than 8 inches in diameter.
Also, if you or your gardeners use a leaf blower to clean up your property and sidewalk, be sure to pick up any trash that ends up in the trimmings pile.
* Toilet rebate: If you want to save water, here’s a great opportunity. The city of Davis is offering rebates to single-family residential customers for replacing their old high-flow toilets with an eligible 1.28 gallons-per-flush EPA WaterSense labeled high-efficiency toilet (limit two per residence).
Eligible customers who purchase and install a high-efficiency toilet by June 30 will receive a rebate credit of $125 per toilet (limit two) on their utility bill. Existing toilets replaced must be older than 1993 (3.5 gallons per flush or more). New toilets must be 1.28 gallons or less, and bear the U.S. EPA WaterSense label.
New qualifying toilets must be purchased between March 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012. The program is not for new construction and is not retroactive to previously purchased toilets.
All program participants must agree to a post-installation inspection. Toilets must be installed within the city of Davis, and residents must be Davis water customers.
— Jennifer Gilbert is the city of Davis’ conservation coordinator. Her column is published monthly.