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    Community Enhancement Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

    Does your school or nonprofit have an idea for an environmental project that would benefit the community? The City of Thousand Oaks’ is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Community Enhancement Grant Program through...

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    A Clean Sweep: Street Sweeping 101

    The Fall season means football, pumpkin spice, sweater weather… and fallen leaves accumulating on City streets. Regular street sweeping is an effective way to...

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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...

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    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...

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    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...

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    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...

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    California Refund Value and Local Beverage Container Recycling

    The California Refund Value, or CRV, is a state regulatory fee created to promote the recycling of aluminum, plastic, glass, and bimetal beverage containers. At the time of sale, consumers are charged...

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    Summer Beach Bus Service is Here!

    Want to take a ride to the beach and don’t feel like driving? Do your teenagers need a safe, inexpensive way to get to the beach this summer? Save gas and wear and tear on your car by...

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    Summer Watering - Healthy Trees and Healthy Lawns

    Are you using the same sprinklers for your trees and your lawn? Relying on the same type of system for both will lead to...

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    Film Screening of Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution

    Can we make enough renewable energy to supply the world and replace fossil fuels? How will we do that, and will we do that? These are the questions that...

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    The Ants Come Marching In!

    As the weather warms up, you may notice the ants come marching in. Proven home remedies are an effective, low-cost, and environmentally sensitive approach to managing these pests. A University of Stanford study found it’s futile to use...

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    Safe and Clean: Guidelines for Transporting Hazardous Waste

    If you live in Thousand Oaks or an unincorporated area of Ventura County, chances are you’ve heard that you may bring your household hazardous waste (HHW) to the City’s collection facility. But - did you know that...

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    Sad Reminder About Rodenticide Use

    We are saddened to hear about the recent passing of one of our local mountain lions. You may have seen articles in...

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    Arbor Earth Day 2019 a Success!

    Approximately one thousand attendees enjoyed themselves at the 2019 Arbor/Earth Day and attended workshops, checked out the booths, and played games. There were a number of fun activities, and multiple people won...

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