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  • Ants

    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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    Free Home Energy Audits Have A Lot to Offer

    Energy bills are a part of homeownership and there aren’t too many homeowners who would turn away an opportunity to lower their...

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    Clean Power is Growing

    By now, most of the community is aware of Clean Power Alliance (CPA), the City’s new alternative electricity supplier. Last month we provided you with...

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    Recycled Art Workshop for All Ages

    In honor of Earth Day, all ages are invited to come and spend a couple hours with the nonprofit TOARTS to create beautiful recycled art in the lobby of the...

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    What’s Going on with my Electric Bill?

    With the recent addition of an alternative electricity supplier in the City, a lot of residents are paying attention to their electric bills, many for the first time. If you’re one of those folks, you may find...

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    Earth Day or Arbor Day?

    Earth Day was started in 1970 by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson as a national teach-in to gather support for environmental issues. Among a growing list of threats to the...

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    Used Bike Donations Requested at Arbor/Earth Day to Help Students

    Some students in the Conejo Valley live many miles from school and can’t afford the bus. Cycles for Success helps these students graduate by providing them with used restored bikes, helmets and bike locks. Conejo Valley High School Counselors have identified access to transportation as an ongoing...

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    Low-cost Compost Bins and Free Mulch

    Composting is the recycling of organic materials back into a useful soil product that can be used in your garden or on potted plants. Composting can save you money and time by reducing your...

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    Free Landfill Day on April 14!

    On Sunday, April 14, 2016 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) residents of Thousand Oaks can dispose of their excess trash, yard waste, and bulky items for no charge at the...

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    Enjoy Arbor-Earth Day 2019 With Us!

    Be sure to attend the City’s Arbor-Earth Day celebration on April 27, 2019! Listen to live music by Second Step and Lacie Mae, have a bite at the Shrimp vs Chef food truck...

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    ‘Tis the Season – for Landscaping and Rebates!

    Will you make this the year that you switch to California-friendly landscaping? There are plenty of reasons to do that. For one - starting April 1, homeowners can qualify for...

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    Environmentally Conscious Rodent Control

    The winter season is a prime time of year for rodents to take up residence in your attic, garage or even under your car’s hood. When you have unwanted rodents on your property, poison is often the first solution that comes to mind. But most people don't realize the danger...

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    Electric Cars Rev Up!

    More than 50% of new cars sold will be electric in 20 years says Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Why? Studies show that electric vehicles (EVs) are much safer, cost half as much to...

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    Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Drop Offs Made Easy

    Got household hazardous waste? Go online or download RecycleTO in the Google Play or Apple App Store to schedule a drop off appointment at the City’s...

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    Paper Recycling 101

    It is hard to imagine daily life without the use of paper. From print media and books, to work reports, school work, and product packaging, we use paper every day at work, school, and at home. Although the digital age has brought...

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    Fire Debris Cleanup – How’s it All Going?

    For many residents, the fires of November 9 are a distant memory, but unfortunately that is not the case for everyone. Thirty-eight properties within the City were...

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    Clean Power Alliance – It’s not too late to make a choice!

    By now residents of Thousand Oaks will have received two mailers from Clean Power Alliance (CPA) about the new electricity provider available to City residents. If you missed those notices, it’s not too late, two more will be sent to you – one this month and...

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