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PUBLIC WORKS DAY 2019

Eco-tip for 5-19-19 Revamped Public Works Day Uses Hands-on Learning to Expose Students to Environmentally Beneficial Careers By David Goldstein, Ventura County Public Works Agency, IWMD and Katie Yates, Consortium Media The theme of this year’s annual Public Works Day, “Lean Forward. Leading Excellence,” refers to an emphasis on innovation, opportunity, and accomplishment in careers…

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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.…