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  • black biochar lying in a pile. the biochar looks similar to regular charcoal but is split up in small shards and pieces

    Charcoal for Your Garden? The Basics on Biochar

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    Bulky Item Pickup

    June 2021. What do you do with large items that you no longer have a use for?

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    Learn How to Create an Edible Ornamental Garden

    May 2021. Edible gardens are rapidly growing in popularity. They combine beautiful outside landscaping with the benefits of growing food you can eat. People of all ages can participate, and kids love to eat things they have grown. Learn how edible flowers, herbs, ornamental vegetables and ...

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    Concerned about Climate Change? Help Us Take Action.

    May 2021: The City hosted the final Stakeholder Group meeting to discuss potential strategies to include in the City’s Climate and Environmental Action Plan. The focus was on water use, solid waste and recycling, and environmental quality of life issues. Emissions from water use primarily ...

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    Charge Ahead with Battery Recycling

    May 2021 - You may have noticed a common theme if you’ve read our paint and electronics blog articles: some household hazardous waste (HHW), such as these items, are recyclable. Batteries are no exception!

  • seven public servants/first responders stand solemnly in a park beside a bike with a large blue and white banner. they are standing in a line with one individual to the back left of the individual in front to commemorate those who were injured or killed while riding bikes on public roadways

    The Day is Near!! 14 Days ‘til the Ride of Silence 2021.

    May 2021. This will be the 13th year for the event in the City of Thousand Oaks. The Thousand Oaks Ride of Silence is part of a world-wide event uniting bicyclists globally in honoring those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways.

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    And the Fastest-growing Waste Stream is……

    April 2021. A collection of old cords and electronics somewhere in the house is an all-too-familiar occurrence for many of us.

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    Lease a new car for less than $40/month?

    April 2021: Have you seen headlines about leasing a new car for less than $40 per month and wondered if they were true? Or have you seen the recent article with a headline about an Electric Vehicle (EV) owner only taking seconds to charge their car and wondered if that was possible? Get the answers

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    Water, trash, recycling, and environmental quality of life issues

    April 2021: For Earth Day, pledge to join us online on April 28 from 6:00-8:00 pm to help develop local solutions to climate change. This meeting will cover water, solid waste, and recycling, as well as environmental quality of life issues.

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    Where do I take my paint and what happens to it at the end of its life?

    April 2021: Wherever you live, chances are you have a can of paint somewhere in your home. When the time comes to get rid of it...

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    The Wheels on the Bus Go ‘Round and ‘Round

    The Public Works Division's transit specialists answers some key questions on the state of public transportation in Thousand Oaks and discusses what its future direction will be.

  • Precipitation map for water year 20/21

    A quarter of our normal rainfall; sure is looking like a drought!

    March 21: Are we in a long-term megadrought or new drought? Are mandatory water conservation measures returning? Is it time to let our lawns go brown? California was hot and dry in 2020. We only received 3.25 inches of rainfall this year. We are preparing for potential drought restrictions by ...

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    Gas or No Gas? Emissions from Energy Use in Buildings

    March 2021 - Electrification of buildings was a hot topic of discussion at the third Climate and Environmental Action Plan (CEAP) Stakeholder Meeting held on March 24th.

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    Trash Transition

    March 2021 - Starting January 1, 2022, expect to see some new trucks around town...