Wednesday, April 16, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
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Environmental update: Recycling opportunities abound

People generally think of a landfill as a place where trash goes. The Yolo County Central Landfill, however, has much more to offer than just trash disposal.

The landfill accepts electronics for free recycling every day. This includes television and computer monitors, cell phones, fax machines, printers, stereos, keyboards, vacuum cleaners, toasters, typewriters, VCRs, CPUs, microwaves, DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes and cassette tapes. There is a fee for appliances.

The landfill offers free drop-off recycling every day for glass, plastics, paper, cardboard, aluminum, scrap metal, car batteries, used motor oil and filters, ink/toner cartridges, mercury thermostats and transmission fluid. Other recycling options (fees apply) are available for tires, construction and demolition debris, large appliances, toilets, sinks, wood, rock and concrete.

The landfill also 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, non-controlled pharmaceuticals, pesticides, used syringes (must be in a certified sharps container) and more for free and safe disposal.

Often residents turn in items at the household hazardous waste days that are still usable. These reusable items are available for free every Friday and Saturday.

The landfill is open from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. To get to the landfill, take Pole Line Road north out of Davis and turn right on County Road 28H.

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Have you seen strangers rummaging through your recycling cart? They are usually looking for valuable CRV materials, like soda cans and water bottles. They are stealing. Scavenging recyclables is a violation of Davis Municipal Code Section 32.01.060. Violators may be prosecuted and are subject to a fine.

Scavengers are not only stealing from Davis Waste Removal, they’re stealing from the residents and business owners of Davis. The revenue generated from the sale of recyclables goes directly back to the ratepayers in the form of lower service rates.

Recycling service is provided at no extra cost to Davis ratepayers because the revenue from the recyclables subsidizes the cost for the collection. When scavengers steal the recyclables, however, they remove that revenue and cut the funding to the recycling program.

The next time you see someone scavenging through a recycling cart or bin, remember that it is a crime and report it. Get the license plate number of the vehicle and a detailed description of the individual. Take a picture if you can and it is safe to do so. Call the non-emergency police number, 530-747-5400, to report the crime, and email the photo to pwweb@cityofdavis.org.

Help us prevent recycling theft by bringing your recycling carts out to the curb the morning of your scheduled pickup day instead of the night before. You can also visit DavisRecycling.org to find a CRV recycling location where you can redeem your own CRV bottles and cans for cash.

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Davis Waste Removal collects yard materials once a week. To make disposal of yard material easy for you and safe for others, please follow these guidelines:

* Place yard materials directly in front of your house, not across the street or around the corner from your house;

* Place your yard material 18 inches from the curb or gutter;
* Yard material piles should not be larger than 5 feet in any dimension;
* Do not block fire hydrants, driveways or storm drain inlets;
* Do not park or drive over yard materials;
* Do not place yard materials in bags — leave them loose in piles on the street; and
* If you are using a leaf blower to clean your property and sidewalk, pick out any trash that you may have collected and do not leave trash in your yard material pile.

Acceptable items in yard material piles include grass clippings, brush, leaves, weeds, discarded floral displays, Christmas trees and branches up to 8 inches in diameter. Unacceptable items in yard material piles include sod, soil, fruit, flower pots, florists’ wire, stumps, fencing, bricks, concrete, rocks, wood, pet waste, trash and branches larger than 8 inches in diameter.

When placing your yard material pile on the street, please keep in mind that bike lanes should never be blocked. This may mean that your yard material pile cannot be 5 feet wide if it obstructs the bike lane.

Also, try to place yard material piles on the street the day before pickup. This reduces the number of days the piles pose a hazard to bicyclists and also limits the amount of debris movement across the street during windy weather.

— Jennifer Gilbert is the city of Davis’ conservation coordinator. For more information, visit DavisRecycling.org or email her at PWweb@cityofdavis.org

Jennifer Gilbert

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