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

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From page A4 | July 09, 2013 |

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

Got broken or unwanted computes, monitors, DVD players or radios? Electronics (broken or working) are accepted for free recycling every day at the SPCA Thrift Store, Third and I streets; the Goodwill Donation Xpress, 2939 Spafford St.; and the Yolo County Central Landfill on County Road 28H northeast of Davis. In addition, the SPCA provides free pickup of electronics and other reusable items year-round. Call the SPCA Thrift Store at 530-758-0544 for details.

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. Please note that it is also a violation of city code to leave indoor furniture in front of your property in public view (indoor couches in front yard). Such code violations may be reported by calling the code compliance hot line at 530-757-5646 or online by using the city request for code investigation form at CityofDavis.org.

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Have you ever considered composting? Here’s a great opportunity to learn how! The city of Davis is offering free composting classes at 6 p.m. Wednesdays, July 17 and 24, in the Game Room of the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E 14th St.

In addition to backyard composting and worm composting, these classes will place a particular emphasis on simple, pest-free methods of composting food scraps. 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.

Class attendees who live in Davis can enter to win a free home composter backyard compost bin. To register for the class, RSVP on Facebook, call the Public Works Department at 530-757-5686 or email PWWeb@CityofDavis.org.

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Do you love garage sales? How about an opportunity to help the community, reduce waste and participate in a citywide 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 apartment turnover. At the end of August, Davis Recycling staff will set up donation stations at participating apartment properties, 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.

The move-out program has been very successful in reducing the amount of waste that occurs during the annual apartment turnover. Last year, the city of Davis Recycling Program received the California Resource and Recovery Association 2012 Pavitra Crimmel Reuse Award for the program. Join us this year and help us reduce even more waste.

Volunteers are needed to organize items in the donation stations (place cushions on sofas, bag up clothing and shoes, stack books and dishes, etc.) Aug. 28-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.

If you are available at the end of August and are interested in making a difference for the environment, contact me at 530-757-5686 or PWWeb@CityofDavis.org to sign up for the move-out program.

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In case you haven’t heard, the landfill accepts household hazardous waste every Friday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Bring your fluorescents bulbs and tubes, cleaning products, propane cylinders, paint, pesticides, used syringes, pharmaceuticals (non-controlled substances only) and more for free and safe disposal.

Got unwanted or expired medications? Prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals are also accepted; just no controlled substances like morphine, Vicodin or codeine. To get to the landfill, take Pole Line Road north and turn right onto Road 28H.

— Jennifer Gilbert is the city of Davis’ conservation coordinator; her column is published monthly. Reach her at PWweb@cityofdavis.org.

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