Environmental update: Recycle and reuse when moving

By From page A4 | May 29, 2013

If you are moving, please consider donating unwanted items instead of throwing them away. There are many places in Davis where you can bring your stuff for reuse.

The SPCA Thrift store, All Things Right & Relevant and the Goodwill Donation Xpress are just a few of the many places in Davis where you can donate items for reuse. Check out the city of Davis Recyclopedia online at DavisRecycling.org to find local places to reuse and recycle more than 250 different items, including appliances, electronics, clothing, home décor and furniture.

Please be respectful and do not unload your unwanted items in someone else’s trash can or Dumpster. Every June and August, businesses in Davis have people from all over town illegally dumping their mattresses and furniture in their Dumpsters, costing them extra time and money to clean up and haul away.

Piling your extra trash in the street and sidewalk is also not OK. If you have too much trash and it won’t fit in your garbage cart, please bring it to the Yolo County Landfill instead of leaving it out in bags.

Better yet, take a closer look at what you’re throwing away. I’d be willing to bet that at least half of what you’re tossing out is recyclable. If your recycling cart is full, you can drop off recyclables for free 24/7 at the DWR Recycling Center at 2727 Second St.

Tempting though it may be, 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. Try posting items on Freecycle or Craigslist instead. It’s a free, simple and effective way to give away stuff you don’t want.

Got electronics? Did you know that there are three local places that accept electronics for recycling every day? The Yolo County Central Landfill, the SPCA Thrift Store (at Third and I streets) and at the Goodwill Donation Xpress on Spafford Drive all accept electronics for recycling. There’s no need to wait for special drop-off events or out-of-town special pickup to come by your area. You can recycle your old or broken computer monitors, TVs, keyboards, CPUs, toasters and other electronics easily.

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 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 DWR, 2727 Second St.

The Yolo County Central Landfill will accept fluorescent bulbs and tubes from residents every day during normal operating hours. Bring fluorescent bulbs and tubes to the scale house. There is a $2 convenience charge regardless of the number of bulbs/tubes you bring in.

As always, residents also can bring fluorescents as well as cleaning agents, propane cylinders and pesticides to the household hazardous waste drop-off days every Friday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the landfill for free disposal. Bring your old or unused paints, 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.

The Davis Recycling Program is on Facebook and Twitter!  Be the first to hear about the latest recycling and waste reduction program updates and events. “Like” us on Facebook www.Facebook.com/DavisRecycling.org and follow us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/DavisRecycling.

— Jennifer Gilbert is the city of Davis’ conservation coordinator. For more information, visit DavisRecycling.org or email her at [email protected].

Jennifer Gilbert

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