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    Backyard Composting 102: Composting with Worms

    Composting with worms, or vermicomposting, is similar to using a compost pile but earthworms take center stage. Red worms (Eisenia fetida), or red wigglers, are the ideal species for vermicomposting since they are...

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    Wash Clothes Wisely

    You can take small steps at home while doing laundry that make a big difference in protecting our oceans and waterways. A UC San Diego study found that the ocean is contaminated by 8.3 million pieces of mini-microplastics per cubic meter of water and microfibers make up a...

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    Backyard Composting 101: A Beginner’s Guide

    We are all spending more time at home these days and whether you’re interested in going green or searching for your next DIY project, look no further than creating a backyard composting pile. The beauty of backyard composting is that it is simple and cheap, but reaps great rewards. Composting will..

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    Sweeping Our Streets

    One of the things that makes the City of Thousand such a beautiful place to live and work is its cleanliness, including its streets and highways. Since 2012, City street sweeping has been provided by Venco Power Sweeping through our solid waste franchise agreements. Through this arrangement...

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    No Better Time to Bike

    Southern California has seen its longest streak of good air quality in years this spring as the statewide Stay At Home order kept vehicles off the road. Many took to social media, posting breath-taking photos from their backyards of the clear air and bright blue skies during the...

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    Update Regarding Bottle & Can (CRV) Recycling

    As most of you are probably aware, you may need to hang on to your bottles and cans for a while before you can claim your deposit back. Many recycling centers are closed or operating on reduced hours. Alternatively, you can...

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    Virtual Library – Anywhere, Anytime!

    Even though the libraries in town are closed for the time being, you don’t have to be without their resources. The whole family can obtain a...

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    A Great Time to Garden

    Many of our grandparents had a victory garden where they grew food during World War I and World War II. These gardens helped to ease the burdens of producing and transporting food, increased the supply of food when shortages occurred, and provided physical and mental health benefits by encouraging..

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    Bottled Water: Why Pay More for Less?

    One thing you don’t need to stock up on during the COVID crisis is bottled water. The multi-step treatment process used to treat drinking water for the City removes and kills viruses, including coronaviruses, through filtration and disinfection, using ozone and chlorine. So, rest assured, your drink

  • Cans & Bottles

    New Beverage Container Recycling Centers Open in Town!

    Have you been frustrated in locating places to turn in your bottles and cans since the closure of RePlanet’s recycling/redemption centers last August? If so, good news! Three new centers have opened in...

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    Remember Your P’s: Pee, Poop & (toilet) Paper Only!

    Toilet paper hoarding is a significant problem with Covid-19, and a lack of toilet paper at the stores is leading some consumers to other options. Unfortunately, one of the choices people are turning to is “flushable or disposable wipes.” The only things that should be going down a toilet are...

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    Pharma-FAQs: Everything You Need to Know About Proper Disposal of Medications, Sharps, and Inhalers

    Residents of the Conejo Valley often contact City staff about where to dispose of unwanted, unused, or expired medications. This is also the case for home-generated sharps such as needles, lancets, and auto-injectors. Here we provide the answers! The good news is...

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    Heating Things Up with Induction Stoves

    Have you heard of induction cooking but aren’t sure what it’s all about? If you’re not already looking for a new stovetop, you may be after reading this! Induction stoves offer excellent temperature control, are energy efficient, can lower your...

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    The Buzz on Our Busy Bees!

    Entire species of native bees and other pollinators, which are vital to the survival of most flowering plants and trees, are disappearing at an alarming rate due to loss of...

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    Getting Charged Up!

    The City of Thousand Oaks is helping you get charged up with some new electric vehicle chargers around town. A total of 21 new charging ports are now available at...

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    Talking Trash, Again!

    If you’ve been following the news on waste and recycling over the past year or two, you’ll know that there have been some big changes as a result of the loss of...

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    The City’s Solid Waste Ordinance and You!

    How the City deals with residents’ and businesses’ trash is governed by its Solid Waste Ordinance, which is contained in Chapter 2 to Title 6 of the Thousand Oaks Municipal Code. Previously amended in 2010, in January City Council approved a major update to the...

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    February Rain Barrel Sale & Rebate Information

    Extend the rainy season at your home by using rain barrels to capture rainwater and using it to irrigate landscaping in dry periods. You will save both water and money. Even if we are fortunate enough to...

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    The REAL Facts About California’s Water Regulations

    There have been several misguided posts on social media and websites stating that people cannot take a shower and do laundry on the same day. Let’s set the facts straight.

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    Free Screening of “The Human Element” by National Geographic Photographer

    National Geographic photographer James Balog shows viewers why we, as a society, can no longer turn a blind eye to the drastically changing world around us in his compelling documentary, “The Human Element”. This visually stunning film chronicles...

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