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Yolo County hazardous waste facility observes Thanksgiving holiday

Yolo County hazardous waste facility observes Thanksgiving holiday

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, the collection of household hazardous waste will not occur at the Yolo County Central Landfill’s Hazardous Waste Facility on Friday, November 28.

With the exception of this date, the Yolo County Division of Integrated Waste Management holds weekly collection of household hazardous waste at the landfill, located at 44090 County Road 28H in Woodland, every Friday and Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.   The facility will be open the Friday and Saturday directly following both the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays. 

During the holidays many generate more waste and are busier than normal.  To encourage residents to properly dispose of their household hazardous waste, the Division of Integrated Waste Management will be handing out 2015 Recycling Calendars to all residents bringing in hazardous waste after Christmas. 

America Recycles Day in Yolo County November 15

America Recycles Day in Yolo County November 15

November 15, 2014 is designated as America Recycles Day.  To participate, along with thousands of other local organizers holding recycling events across the country, Yolo County is hosting a free tire recycling and used oil filter exchange on Saturday, November 15, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Esparto Recycling & Transfer Station, located at 27075 County Road 19A in Esparto.

“Recyclable items that we use every day are recoverable resources that can be manufactured into new and valuable products,” said Yolo County Planning, Public Works & Environmental Services Director Taro Echiburú.  “Together, we can reduce the billions of dollars’ worth of materials thrown away each year, and work to give that tire or oil filter another life through recycling.”

Study solves the mystery of bluetongue livestock disease

Study solves the mystery of bluetongue livestock disease

Veterinary researchers monitored cows and tiny gnat-like biting midges on a Northern California dairy to discover where the bluetongue virus hides during the winter... Read More

Echiburu Appointed Planning, Public Works & Environmental Services Director

Echiburu Appointed Planning, Public Works & Environmental Services Director

Yolo County Administrator Patrick Blacklock has announced the appointment of Lautaro “Taro” Echiburu as director of the newly configured Department of Planning, Public Works & Environmental Services. 

As of July 1, the division of Environmental Health will merge with the divisions of Planning and Building, Public Works and Integrated Waste Management to form the Department of Planning, Public Works and Environmental Services.  For the next six months, Environmental Health will remain in its current location at 137 N. Cottonwood Street in Woodland.  In 2015, it will join Planning and Building, located at 292 W. Beamer Street in Woodland, to provide its customers a more efficient process for permit applications.

Trash to Table: Learn How to Rescue Home Food Waste

Trash to Table: Learn How to Rescue Home Food Waste

Are you tired of throwing away brown bananas and delegating unused celery and carrot tops to the compost bin?  Do you feel frustrated comparing the mound of melon to the mountain of rind on your cutting board?  Americans waste about 40% of their food, and up to 25% of that is at home.  Fight the statistics by joining the Davis Food Co-op “thrift wizards” for a food waste reduction demonstration on Thursday, June 26, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Blanchard Room of the Mary L. Stephens Branch Library, located at 314 East 14th Street in Davis.

Learn easy, creative ways to rescue the contents of your refrigerator crisper drawer, whether it's making a tart and flavorful grapefruit syrup, pickling a watermelon rind or discovering how to use a vanilla bean three ways.  It takes a little effort, a lot of creativity and some chemistry to stretch a food budget and help save the planet.  See how it’s done, try samples, and take home the recipes!

Update on June Gardening Classes for Children at Community Garden

Update on June Gardening Classes for Children at Community Garden

Two free gardening classes for children will be held in June at the Hannah and Herbert Bauer Memorial Community Garden, sponsored by the Yolo County Health Department and located adjacent to the Bauer Building at 137 N. Cottonwood Street in Woodland.  Tuleyome Home Place Adventures will be leading the activities for each class. 

This Thursday, June 5, 6:30-8:00 p.m. (note: new time), the “Tommy the Tomato” class will teach kids how to make tomato cages for their home garden and includes an art contest.  Art supplies will be provided or young artists can bring their finished artwork or poem to the garden.  Entries must include at least one “tomato-like” element with the rest up to the imagination.  Winners in five age group categories (starting at 3 years and under, and up to 18 years) will be featured at the Woodland Tomato Festival in August.

6 things you should know about sunscreen

6 things you should know about sunscreen
By Jeff Maher/News10 Did you know that about 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society? Remember to protect your skin and use sunscreen if you're heading outdoors this Memorial Day. Here are six things to know and consider about sunscreen as summer kicks off: 1. Check labels for the term "broad-spectrum." That means it protects against both the UVA rays which cause wrinkles and cancer as well as the UVB rays which cause burns. 2. Dermatologists say SPF 30 is the new SPF 15. Doctors are now recommending SPF 30 more than SPF 15 because the former blocks 97 percent of UVB rays. 3. Check expiration dates. Sunscreen becomes less effective about three years after you open the container. 4. Apply at least two layers of sunscreen. 5.