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    What To Do With Used Cooking Oil

    NOVEMBER 2020: Do you love to cook or perhaps deep fry a turkey for the holidays and wonder what to do with all that leftover fat, oil, and grease?

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    Recycling Regulations: What You Need to Know

    NOVEMBER 2020: The management of trash and recyclable materials has evolved dramatically in California since the passing of Assembly Bill 939 in 1989. This landmark recycling bill established diversion requirements for every municipality in California, mandating 50% diversion of...

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    What do Tempered Glass, Paint, and Mattresses Have in Common?

    NOVEMBER 2020: Do you often wonder which bin to put your discards in, or how to get rid of items you no longer need? We can help! In the Spring of 2018, the City rolled out the RecycleTO app from ReCollect Systems. Available on the web and on most mobile devices, the app enables residents to...

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    America Recycles Day is November 15

    OCTOBER 2020: America Recycles Day (ARD), a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling, is coming up! Every year on November 15, people around the country take the pledge to...

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    City Bans Single-Use Disposable Polystyrene Products

    OCTOBER 2020: At their October 13 meeting Thousand Oaks City Council unanimously approved a ban on some of the most problematic plastic wastes. This action originated from a Council discussion following the Sustainability Strategic Plan update at the September 24, 2019 meeting, when...

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    Newly Signed Bill Aims to Eliminate Harmful Rodenticides

    OCTOBER 2020: Much to everyone’s dismay, anti-coagulant rodenticides have been showing up in the news all too often as the cause of death of local wildlife such as mountain lions, bobcats, and hawks who prey on rodents as a food source. Unfortunately...

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    Plastics Recycling

    OCTOBER 2020: The development and widespread use of plastics over the last 60 years has fundamentally changed the way we live. From food and beverage packaging, medical supplies, sporting equipment, to a never-ending list of...

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    Sustainability and the General Plan

    OCTOBER 2020: As part of its General Plan update the City held a GPAC (General Plan Advisory Committee) meeting on September 24 on the topic of Sustainability. For those who couldn’t make it to the live session the agenda, presentation, and...

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    Half of the Severe Air Pollution Health Issues in the US Are in CA!

    SEPTEMBER 2020: There are two main components of air quality that affect health. One is particulate matter and the other is ozone. Particulate matter are particles less than 2.5 micrometres in size that can remain suspended in the air for a long time. These small particles can lodge deep in...

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    Solarize!

    SEPTEMBER 2020: Now is a great time to consider going solar. A solar photovoltaic system not only provides renewable energy, but also saves you money over...

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    California Wildfire Air Quality Health Effects: How to Protect Yourself

    SEPTEMBER 2020: Six of the largest 20 fires in California (by acreage) are currently burning, and over three million acres have burned already this year. This total far surpasses the 1.96 million acres occurring in 2018, the highest annual total since...

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    Don't Despair, REPAIR!

    SEPTEMBER 2020: If you are like most people, when your laptop or cell phone gives you the “black (or blue) screen of death” or is no longer functioning properly, you are probably inclined to replace it (and hopefully dispose of it responsibly as e-waste). When a household appliance breaks you...

  • coastal cleanup

    Coastal Cleanup Day All Month Long

    Do you have a special place in the natural environment where you go to hike, recreate, or just relax and take in the natural beauty? Maybe your own neighborhood provides such a location. You could help to preserve this spot, wherever it is, by conducting your own trash cleanup in celebration of...

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    Sustainability in the City

    The role of the environment is well-established in the historical development of the City, and the preservation of the region’s natural beauty, flora and fauna have long been a priority. There are strong interrelationships between the...

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    Donate a Gently Used Bike to a Teen in Need

    The Conejo Recreation and Park District’s (CRPD) Youth Outreach Program has been working tirelessly to meet the needs of a number of teens who are dealing with a variety of challenges in their lives including the loss..

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    FireWise Landscaping and Home Defense

    As California’s population and temperatures continue to grow, so does the likelihood of devastating wildfires. The ten mostly costly wildfires in U.S. history have all occurred in California — the top two in...

  • Green Household

    The City’s Carbon Footprint and YOU – Part 2

    Last month, we described the City’s carbon footprint and broke it down into its sources. About half the climate warming emissions from our community come from driving. That’s a larger part than even our energy (electricity and gas) use. We gave some tips on how to cut...

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    City Expands Public Access to Recycling Containers

    If you’ve visited some of the City’s civic sites or used our transit system recently, you may have noticed some shiny new recycling bins around town. Thanks to grants provided by CalRecycle and the Federal Transit Administration, residents will now have access to both recycling and trash disposal...

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    The City’s Carbon Footprint and YOU - Part 1

    Significant reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are needed in the next decade and beyond to prevent the most catastrophic effects of climate change. You probably know of some sources of GHG emissions, such as fossil fuels used to power vehicles and generate electricity. But did you know...

  • Mask waste

    COVID Cleanup: Discarding Masks and Gloves

    The unprecedented challenge the COVID-19 pandemic has caused worldwide has fundamentally changed the way we communicate, learn, meet, and conduct business. The use of PPE (personal protective equipment) such as...

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