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LITHIUM ION BATTERIES

Eco-Tip for 4-14-19 Batteries not Included in Your Garbage Can or Recycling Cart By David Goldstein, Ventura County Public Works Agency, IWMD Lithium-based batteries are turning an important environmental issue into an urgent one. Proper management of discarded batteries has always been important to conserve resources and avoid toxic contamination, but now improper disposal of…

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PET LICENSING AMNESTY, OPTIONS AND REASONS

For Eco-Tip 3/31/19 Pet License Amnesty, Options, and Reasons By David Goldstein, Ventura County Public Works Agency Animal licensing can help reunite you with a lost pet, and although licensing is not as effective as having a microchip implanted under your pet’s skin, licensing has additional advantages. Importantly, a license proves your pet is vaccinated…

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CERTIFICATIONS GIVE CLEAR SIGNALS

Eco-Tip 3/24/19 Certifications Give Clear Signals Amid “Green Noise” By David Goldstein, Ventura County PWA/IWMD A greeting card I recently received had a statement printed on the back, “Printed on paper made from responsibly managed forests.” People overwhelmed by the “green noise” of environmental claims may not pay attention to details, but this claim was…

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SHELTERS REUSE COMMON ITEMS TO HELP PEOPLE

Eco-Tip for 3-17-19 Shelters Reuse Common Items to Help People and Animals By David Goldstein, Ventura County PWA, IWMD Some discards are difficult to recycle but wonderful to reuse. Items made from multiple material types, categories of commodities with poor markets, and items with the potential to tangle sorting lines are better repurposed than recycled.…

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STYROFOAM RECYCLING

Eco-Tip 1-18-19 Eco-tip: Camarillo center recycles Styrofoam packaging By David Goldstein, VCPWA, IWMD Last month, Astrofoam Molding, at 4117 Calle Tesoro in Camarillo, reopened a drop-off spot where the public can recycle polystyrene transport packaging — those blocks of Styrofoam that protect goods mailed to you through online orders. The drop-off area was closed for…

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RECYCLING CHALLENGE

Eco-Tip for 1-13-19 School Recycling Challenge Offers Cash Prizes By David Goldstein, VCPWA, IWMD Next month, Keep California Beautiful, a non-profit organization, will coordinate a statewide recycling competition between schools. Cash prizes, funded by commercial sponsors, will be awarded to schools for placing first through fifth in each of 18 categories. That is 90 possible…

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GRANTS FOR DIESEL ENGINE REPLACEMENT

Eco-Tip for 1-6-19 Grants for Diesel Engine Replacement By David Goldstein, VCPWA, IWMD Farmers, construction businesses, and commercial boat owners can obtain grants from the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District to fund replacement of diesel engines. Last month, the District’s board allocated over $4 million for grants. Sample application forms are now available on-line,…