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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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    The Buzz on LA Auto Show’s Electric Vehicles

    California and the automobile are inextricably linked. When it comes to technology and transportation, it would be hard to find a place more impacted. It is no surprise, then, that...

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    Eco Gift Giving for Modern Times

    Racking your brain trying to figure out what to give your loved ones for the holidays this year? For those hard-to-buy-for relatives and friends, every year one is faced with taking a gamble when...

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    Special Holiday Waste Collection Services & Schedule Changes

    With the holidays quickly approaching, keep these extra season perks and schedule changes in mind to ensure a smooth holiday season. There will be no waste collection service on...

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    America Recycles Day is November 15

    With all the changes in the recycling industry over the past couple of years, you might well be confused and curious as to what is actually being recycled today. We addressed...

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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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