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    Single-use disposables – Think alternatives!

    Backyard BBQ? Fall picnic? Birthday party? Another batch of paper plates, cups and silverware? Another trash bag headed for the dump? Try switching from...

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    National Drug Take Back Day is Sat, October 26

    Twice yearly, Sheriffs’ departments across the U.S. participate in National Drug Takeback Day to educate the public about the potential for abuse of medications and provide a...

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    City Adopts Municipal Energy Action Plan

    On August 27, City Council adopted a Municipal Energy Action Plan (MEAP). What is a MEAP, you ask? Well, a MEAP is the City’s plan to reduce...

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    We’ll Keep the Container: Insight into City’s Hazardous Waste Facility Practices

    Given the thousands of residents served by the City’s Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility over the years, we have seen just about every type of household waste container out there. From spray bottles and plastic buckets to aerosol cans and plastic bags, residents drop off their...

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    California Clean Air Day: Take the Pledge!

    Los Angeles has some of the worst air pollution in the nation and last year set a record with...

  • Recycling

    Equipment Upgrades at Gold Coast Recycling Improve Efficiency

    The world of recycling has changed dramatically throwing residents and trash companies into a period of adjustment. Most significantly, China has gone from receiving nearly all our recycled goods for decades to tightening restrictions to the point of...

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    Zero Waste Lunch Tips

    Schoolchildren recently started back to school toting sandwiches wrapped in plastic bags along with bags of chips, yogurt, napkins, plastic forks, juice boxes, cans and water bottles stuffed into paper bags. Health wise, economically, and environmentally, however, these lunches leave a lot to...

  • Cans

    California CRV Recycling Program

    The closure of RePlanet’s bottle and can recycling centers in the City has caused inconvenience for those residents who relied on these centers for redeeming their beverage containers. Unfortunately, this means that many residents will need to...

  • solar

    It May Be the Best Time to… Go Solar!

    Although “Yesterday!” may be the answer to the question “When is the best time to go solar?”, there’s no better time left than now! The Investment Tax Credit (ITC), also known as the Federal Solar Energy Tax Credit, that allows one to deduct 30% of the...

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    Delayed Electric Bills

    Are you one of the many residents who has not received an electric bill lately? The City has received information that Southern California Edison (SCE) has encountered issues with...