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  • mulch leaves

    Tree Care and Mulch

    California’s recent drought has caused many changes to our landscape. Homeowners have been encouraged to let their lawns “sleep”, “go gold”, or be replaced with more drought tolerant and environmentally-friendly alternatives such as...

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    Legislative update on plastic: Fighting the consequences of a material world

    You may have heard the phrase, “the bitterness of poor quality is remembered long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” (Ben Franklin). If “poor quality” were replaced with “environmental impact” would that...

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    Need to Charge Up? Help us get EV Ready!

    Are you an Electric Vehicle (EV) owner or thinking of buying one soon? If so, please help Thousand Oaks plan for its EV future by completing this survey. Almost half of the one million EVs that have been sold in the United States are in...

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    Energy benchmarking – There’s a law for that??

    California’s AB 802 is a new energy benchmarking and public disclosure program for nonresidential and multifamily buildings. Energy benchmarking is the process of...

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    Bag it – or Not!

    Most curbside recycling collection systems and processing equipment are designed to separate rigid materials like...

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    Climate Change – Our Water Resources

    We know that climate change is happening throughout the world but how much do we know about its impacts on us? Most of the projections that we hear refer to...

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    National Drug Take Back Day is Sat, October 27

    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 safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of medicines and prescription drugs. The next event is...

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    Are You Ready for a Rainy Day?

    The City of Thousand Oaks has three cisterns that can each capture up to 7,600 gallons of rainwater from the roof of the Newbury Park Library. These cisterns reduce the amount of...

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    Beverage Container Recycling 101

    Recycling bottles and cans in your hauler-provided home recycling bin is an easy way to recycle with little time or effort required. However, some residents prefer to bring bottles and cans to a...

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    Applications for Community Enhancement Grants Now Accepted

    The City of Thousand Oaks’ is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Community Enhancement Grant Program and the Sports Facilities Endowment Grants through October 16th, 2018. The application form for both grants can be found at...

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    What Happens to Hazardous Waste?

    When you throw something in a trash bin in Thousand Oaks you can be pretty sure that it will be buried in the Simi Valley Landfill. Recycling bin contents will wind up at either the Gold Coast Recycling Station in Ventura or the Material Recovery Facility in Azusa. But what about...

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    Bin and Dumpsters - Did You Know?

    So, you are finally starting that home remodel project and you need a large dumpster for all the debris. Where do you go? Here are a few...