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Environmental Services

QUARTERLY HIGHLIGHTS:

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State Water Conservation Regulation

In response to the ongoing severe drought, the State Water Resources Control Board approved an emergency regulation to ensure water agencies, their customers and state residents increase water conservation in urban settings or face possible fines or other enforcement.

The new conservation regulation is intended to reduce outdoor urban water use. The regulation, adopted by the State Water Board, mandates minimum actions to conserve water supplies both for this year and into 2015. Most Californians use more water outdoors than indoors. In some areas, 50 percent or more of daily water use is for lawns and outdoor landscaping.

Many communities and water suppliers have taken bold steps over the years and in this year to reduce water use; however, many have not and much more can and should be done statewide to extend diminishing water supplies. With this regulation, all Californians will be expected to stop: washing down driveways and sidewalks; watering of outdoor landscapes that cause excess runoff; using a hose to wash a motor vehicle, unless the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle, and using potable water in a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water recirculates. The regulation makes an exception for health and safety circumstances.

Governor Brown has called on all Californians to reduce their water use by 20 percent and prevent water waste - visit SaveOurH2O.org to find out how everyone can do their part, and visit Drought.CA.Gov to learn more about how California is dealing with the effects of the drought.
 

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Did you know that used motor oil never wears out?

Take your oil and filter to the Certified Used Oil Recycling Center nearest you:

* Scher Tire                                                  * Sanders Auto
  100 W. Bonita Ave                                        344 W. Arrow Hwy
   (909) 964-2668                                            (909) 599-1133

* A1 Tires and Auto Service
   111 W. Bonita Ave
   (909) 394-2288

You can also have your used motor oil and filters collected on your trash day. Place the motor oil in a clear, secure plastic container like a gallon milk jug or a 2 liter soda bottle, and the oil filter, in a ziplock bag, at the curb on trash day. If you do not have a sealable container, you may pick one up free of charge from City Hall.

For more info on curbside oil collection call Waste Management at (800) 266-7551.
 

4th Annual Earth Day Celebration

WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS

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Smart Gardening Workshops

Attend a FREE Smart Gardening Workshop and learn more about backyard composting, worm composting, grass recycling, water-wise gardening, and fire-wise gardening! Workshops are about 1.5 hours long and are offered in two (2) levels:

  1. Beginning and
  2. Advanced.

Compost bins can be purchased at the subsidized prices of $40 each for a backyard compost bin and $65 each for a worm compost bin (this price includes 1/2 lb. of worms).


View workshop schedule

 

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Household Hazardous Waste Roundups

Residents are encouraged to bring unwanted Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste (HHW/E-Waste) items to the County mobile collection events for safe and proper disposal free of charge. View FREE HHW/E-Waste events near you.

Household Hazardous Waste includes Used Oil, Unused Non-Controlled Medicines, Auto Fluids, Sharps Waste/Medical Needles, Beauty Products, Mercury Thermostats, Paint and Paint Related Products, Auto and Household Batteries, Lawn and Garden Products, Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Electronic Waste includes Microwave Ovens, CD-Players, Computers and Computer Monitors, Small Household Appliances, Cell Phones, Televisions, Stereos, Printers, DVD/DVR Players, VCR's
 

RECYCLING INFORMATION AND UPDATES

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Stop Unwanted Mail for Free!

To remove your name from junk (unwanted) mail lists, visit:
the National Do Not Mail List website to unsubscribe.

*Remember to fill out a form for each spelling or configuration of your name.

Or, send a postcard with all variations of your name & address to:
Mail Preference Service, Direct Marketing Association
P.O. Box 9008, Farmingdale, NY, 11735-9608
 

 

Reduce, Reuse & Recycle Directory

 

Do you have items that are recyclable but not sure what to do with them? Several stores in town  accept items that can be reused or recycled. It is encouraged that you call the store before taking your items. Thanks for doing your part in helping the environment.


Click on the link below to see the participating stores.

Reduce, Reuse & Recycle Directory

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Waste Management Services

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San Dimas Website
Waste Management developed a website to assist San Dimas residents and businesses with their waste and recycling services. The dedicated site provides useful information such as collection schedules, special events, contact information and sustainability tips. Customers can also call customer service by phone at (800) 266-7551.
 

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Bulky Item & Electronic Waste Pick-Up
Residents may request curbside pick-up for oversized or overweight household articles, such as stoves, water heaters, rugs, washing machines, and furniture up to 6 times per calendar year. Waste Management will also pick up e-waste, including computers and related equipment, televisions, DVD/CD and game players, and other household electronics.

Call 1-800-266-7551 at least 24 hours in advance of your regular collection to schedule a pick-up.


Used Motor Oil Recycling

On trash day, residents may place their used oil at the curbside in a tightly sealed container for the trash collectors to pick up. For best results, it is also a good idea to contact Waste Management at (800) 266-7551 a minimum of 24 hours in advance to schedule a pick-up. If you do not have a sealable container, you may pick one up free of charge from City Hall.

 

ORGANIC WEED KILLERS

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What do boiling water, vinegar, salt, sugar, and corn meal have in common?
They are all safe and simple ways to kill weeds in your garden!


Click HERE for further information. (Adobe Acrobat, 21KB)

 

STORMWATER POLLUTION PREVENTION

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It's Up To Us to Prevent Stormwater Pollution

The City of San Dimas has two drainage systems, (1) the sewers and (2) the storm drains. The storm drain system was designed to prevent flooding by carrying excess rainwater away from City streets out to the San Gabriel River and finally, out to the ocean. During storms in urban areas, rainwater runoff carries pollutants generated from commercial businesses, residential areas, streets, and sidewalks, directly to the ocean, creating stormwater pollution. Materials such as sediment, paint, plaster, yard waste, used motor oil, animal waste, and trash contain chemicals, nutrients, and bacteria that are harmful to aquatic life and humans.

Please consider the best management practices (BMPs) listed below to assist with stormwater pollution prevention:

  • Contain all home improvement materials onsite and cleanup material spills without usage of water.
  • Properly dispose of residual materials at a local collection center, household hazardous waste collection event or in coordination with Waste Management.
  • Properly dispose of all yard waste in your green or burgundy cart.
  • Properly dispose of trash and construction waste.
  • Do not dump or pour leftover materials in the gutter, street, or storm drains.

Illegal disposal of any material other than stormwater in the storm drain system is a violation of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit (Section 402 of the Federal Clean Water Act). Violators and cities can be subject to serious financial penalties in excess of $10,000 per day.

For more information regarding BMPs visit our Document Toolbox.

 

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Stormwater Quality and Regulations

Water quality is a growing concern in communities throughout the country and municipalities including San Dimas are focusing on stormwater runoff as one approach to address this concern. Stormwater runoff results from rain or melting snow in some areas that is not absorbed into the ground. Runoff is also generated outside of the "rainy season" by nuisance water resulting from activities such as over-watering lawns, vehicle washing, or draining of swimming pools and other water features. This excess water carries trash, motor oil, fertilizers, pet waste, and other contaminants directly to our lakes, streams, and beaches untreated. Excess contaminants dumped into our environment and the depletion of our valuable water resources negatively affect the entire community. Many cities like San Dimas will be at risk of serious fiscal impacts, including fines (could be up to $10, 000 per day-per violation), costly retrofit projects, and repairs if stormwater quality is not properly addressed. Federal regulations such as the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit are catalyst for San Dimas to create stormwater quality programs. .

For additional information regarding the new and previous NPDES Permit requirements, as well as program updates please click below:

NPDES Permit and Program Update Memorandum 


The City of San Dimas gratefully acknowledges the City of Irvine for article concept
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