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Environmental update: Our goal is to recycle even more

By From page A6 | September 06, 2013

It’s likely that when you are moving, more than 20 percent of your waste may be cardboard. Please do not throw cardboard in the trash; it can be recycled 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. for free 24-hour drop-off.

Are you trying to figure out what you can and cannot recycle in Davis? Look no further! Visit our website, DavisRecycling.org, for everything you’ve ever wanted to know about recycling in Davis. Check your scheduled garbage and recycling pickup day, and find out what kinds of plastics can go into your recycling bin and where you can bring fluorescent bulbs and batteries.

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Just a quick reminder that household hazardous waste drop-off occurs every Friday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Yolo County Central Landfill on County Road 28H northeast of Davis. Bring your expired medicines, old household cleaners, fluorescent bulbs, empty propane canisters and more for free disposal.

Senior and disabled Yolo County residents who are unable to drive may call 530-666‐8856 to schedule a free pickup of hazardous waste materials.

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The Davis Recycling Program will celebrate 40 years of curbside recycling next year. Over those 40 years, we’ve received local, regional and national awards for our outstanding recycling program. We recycled 64 percent of our waste last year. A lot has changed in the past few years and more material is acceptable for recycling than ever. Please help us increase our waste diversion efforts as we continue toward our goal of recycling 75 percent of our waste.

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Looking for a simple way to conserve water without creating extra work? Try mulch mowing, also known as grasscycling, which is the natural recycling of grass by leaving clippings on the lawn when mowing. Grass clippings will quickly decompose, returning valuable nutrients to the soil, and mowing time is reduced since the bagging and disposal of clippings is eliminated.

Mulch mowing also reduces the need for turf grass fertilizer and water requirements, which can minimize toxic runoff entering storm drains and polluting lakes, creeks and rivers.

Lawns are not a “crop”; they don’t need extra water and fertilizer to encourage excessive growth, especially since the “harvested crop” (grass clippings), is bagged and disposed of.  Proper mowing, watering and fertilizing practices will result in moderate turf growth and a healthy, green lawn.

Turf grasses vary in their need for water. Most grasses in California need about 1 inch of water every five to seven days in the growing season, and much less during slow growth months. Lawns watered too frequently tend to develop shallow root systems that may make them more susceptible to stress and disease. Deep, infrequent watering produces a deeper, extensive root system that enables turf to resist disease and stress. Over-watering is not only wasteful, it also causes lawns to grow faster and requires more mowing.

The best time to water is early in the morning, as less water is lost due to evaporation. Try to avoid watering in the evening because prolonged damp conditions may encourage diseases to develop.

Check your irrigation systems regularly to avoid water runoff and over-spraying, especially if the lawn is on a slope. Look for broken, tilted or clogged sprinkler heads, and adjust to ensure even coverage. Remember to adjust your irrigation timer seasonally to match the water needs of the turf.

To increase the health of your lawn, you might want to consider over-seeding bare or thin patches of grass. A well-seeded, thick lawn is better able to retain moisture, an essential quality for your lawn to conserve the most water during the hot summer months. Fall is a good time to over-seed; the wet fall weather will allow the seed time to grow without requiring you to increase irrigation.

For more information, visit DavisRecycling.org or Water.CityofDavis.org/Water-Conservation or email me at [email protected].

— Jennifer Gilbert is the city of Davis’ conservation coordinator. Her column is published monthly.

Jennifer Gilbert

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