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Are you moving soon? Please be responsible and donate your unwanted items, instead of leaving them on the street, sidewalk or in your front yard. That's a violation of city code and it may create a safety hazard for bicyclists and pedestrians. Courtesy photo

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Environmental update: Let’s all help conserve water

By From page A4 | August 03, 2014

As the drought continues, more than ever we need everyone’s help to conserve water. Please check your irrigation timers and make sure they are not watering more than twice a week. Timers should be set for late at night or early morning to avoid wasting water from evaporation during the heat of the day.

Check your sprinklers for broken heads or misaligned sprinklers and make sure the running time is not so long that water runs off your landscaping and into the gutter. You can avoid water runoff, especially on sloped lawns, by turning off the sprinklers for 15 minutes halfway through your complete watering time to allow the water to soak deeply into the soil.

Did you know you can report a broken sprinkler head? If you see a broken sprinkler head (on public or private property), please report it to [email protected] so that we can notify the owner or property manager.

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If you or someone you know is moving, please consider donating or selling unwanted items instead of throwing them away. The SPCA Thrift Store, Goodwill Donation Xpress and the R&R Thrift Store all take previously owned items for reuse. The Sacramento Craigslist listing and FreeCycle.org are also good places to list items that you no longer need.

Check out the City of Davis Recyclopedia at DavisRecycling.org to find more local places that reuse and recycle more than 250 different items, including appliances, furniture and electronics.

Please be responsible as you are moving and help keep our city beautiful by donating your unwanted items, instead of leaving them on the street, sidewalk or in your front yard.  Leaving furniture, mattresses and other household items in front of your property or on the street and sidewalk is a violation of city code and may be a safety hazard for bicycles and pedestrians.

Code violations may be reported by calling the code compliance hot line at 530-757-5646 or by submitting a city request for code investigation form at Police.CityofDavis.org/Code-Compliance.

If you have an unwanted TV, computer monitor, microwave or any other electronics, you’re in luck! The SPCA Thrift Store, Goodwill Donation Xpress and the Yolo County Central Landfill accept electronics for free recycling every day, whether they are functioning or not. The SPCA Thrift Store also offers a free pickup service for used electronics and other reusable items year-round.

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Got empty propane canisters from camping, fluorescent bulbs or extra paint? Bring them to the Yolo County Central Landfill every Friday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for free drop-off. Prescription and over-the-counter medications are also accepted, but controlled substances like morphine, Vicodin, and codeine, are not allowed. By federal law, these substances can be accepted only by a law enforcement officer.

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When you are unpacking, please do not throw cardboard in the trash; it can be recycled so easily! Flatten and stack cardboard boxes next to your recycling cart and Davis Waste Removal will pick it up for recycling. You can also bring your cardboard to the DWR recycling center at 2727 Second St.

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Have you ever wondered whether something is recyclable? Where does your recycling go? Why do we have to sort our paper separately from plastics, glass and cans? Come join us on Thursday, Aug. 21, at 10:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St., and get your questions answered!

In this workshop, we will get back to the basics of what is accepted for recycling in Davis: paper, metals, glass, plastics and more. We will follow where the recycling goes, how it’s separated and we will end with some tips on how to make recycling simpler at home or work.

Davis residents who attend can enter to win free recycling bins. RSVP in advance to increase your chances of winning a prize. Guests can RSVP on Facebook.com/DavisRecycling.org, can email [email protected] or call me at 530-757-5688.

— 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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