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YOLO COUNTY NEWS
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Environmental update: Got stuff? Donate it Want stuff? Volunteer

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From page A7 | August 09, 2013 |

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 in The Davis Enterprise’s “free” section. Check out the city of Davis Recyclopedia at DavisRecycling.org to find more local places to reuse and recycle more than 200 different items, including appliances, electronics, clothing, home décor and furniture.

It is a violation of city code to leave unwanted items on the street, sidewalk or in your front yard. It also is a safety hazard for cyclists and pedestrians. 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.

August is here, which means it’s time for the annual Apartment Move-Out Waste Reduction Program, a partnership between the city’s Recycling Program and apartment managers to reduce the amount of waste that occurs during the yearly August turnover. At the end of August, Davis Recycling Program 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 are encouraged to stop by and take the items they want. The end result is that good, usable items are kept out of the trash.

Over the years, the program has successfully reduced waste at apartments during the August turnover by 40 percent. This program received statewide attention last year as it was presented with the California Resource and Recovery Association 2012 Pavitra Crimmel Reuse Award, which recognizes special achievement by a private business, government agency, community-based organization or school in the reuse of materials.

The success of this program can be attributed to the environmentally conscious apartment owners who encourage their residents to make use of the donation stations. Thanks also must go to the host of community volunteers who donate their time and talent during this program.

This year, the apartment move-out program will run Aug. 28-Sept. 1. During that time, volunteers are needed to help keep the donation stations organized (place cushions on sofas, stack books neatly, throw trash in the garbage, tidy up the area, etc.), and sort materials (separate clothes, linens, shoes, housewares, etc.). Volunteers are invited to keep any donated items they wish.

The city’s Recycling Program also will pair up interested volunteers with local nonprofit groups; participating nonprofits will provide a list of the items they need and volunteers will pick them up as they find them.

All volunteers must attend one of three training meetings. These meetings will provide a brief overview of the program, cover basic volunteer duties and allow volunteers to fill out the required paperwork and choose their preferred work locations. A training meeting was planned for Friday morning and another at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Manzanita Room at the Hallmark Inn, 110 F St. in downtown Davis.

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The Yolo County Landfill 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, pesticides, used syringes (must be in a certified sharps container) and more for free and safe disposal. The landfill is on County Road 28H northeast of Davis.

Got unwanted medications? In addition to bringing them to the landfill on Fridays and Saturdays, residents also can bring their unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications to El Macero Pharmacy, 417 Mace Blvd., Suite D, during regular business hours. Controlled substances (such as Vicodin, morphine, codeine, etc.) are not accepted at either drop-off location and must be surrendered to law enforcement agencies only, per federal law.

Did you know that there are four local places that will accept your electronics for recycling? For years, the Yolo County Landfill has accepted electronics for free every day during normal business hours. Now, there are three more options: the Goodwill Donation Xpress, 2939 Spafford St. and 417 Mace Blvd., and the SPCA Thrift Store, Third and I streets.

— Jennifer Gilbert is the city of Davis’ conservation coordinator; her column is published monthly. For more information, contact her at pwweb@cityofdavis.org or visit DavisRecycling.org.

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