Environmental Programs News - December 2017

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December 2017 -- Issue 34  •  City of Irvine Environmental Programs • 

Plan Food for the Holiday Table, Not the Landfill

OC Waste & Recycling encourages residents to do their part during the holiday season in regards to reducing food waste. During the short time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, three times as much food is wasted compared to the rest of the year. For perspective, Orange County landfills receive about 1,300 tons of food a day. Check out the OC Waste & Recycling website for more details and additional information about the GUEST-imator party planning calculator.

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Holiday Tree Recycling

Waste Management will collect and recycle Christmas trees for three weeks after Christmas on your regular collection day starting Dec.26 - Jan. 12. Trees taller than 6 feet must be cut in half and all decorations (tinsel, lights, ornaments and tree stands) must be removed. Place the tree curbside. Flocked trees will be collected, but cannot be recycled. Irvine residents without curbside trash service can take their trees to Sunset Environmental to dispose of at no charge. Bring proof of Irvine residency.

16122 Construction Circle West, Irvine
Hours of operation:
Monday- Friday 7 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Saturday 6 a.m- 7 p.m.

Winter Shred Event

Saturday, January 13
In partnership the City, Waste Management is hosting a free paper shredding event on Saturday, January 13 at the Lakeview Senior Center. Irvine residents can safely and securely dispose of up to five banker-size file boxes (dimensions 24 inches x 12 inches) at a mobile shredding unit on-site. A donation bin for gently used clothing will also be available.

Lakeview Senior Center
20 Lake Road, Irvine
9 a.m.- noon


Energy Saving Assistance Programs

If you receive public assistance, you may qualify for help paying your electric bill or for the Energy Savings Assistance Program, which can help you conserve energy and reduce your electricity costs. Find out if you qualify for these programs with Southern California Edison and SoCalGas.


Go Green for the Holidays

Make sustainable holiday choices when you are shopping, traveling, sending cards, decorating, and choosing gifts. When you save energy and resources, you are helping to protect the environment and safeguard health both now and for the future. For holiday tips click here.

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Recycle Coach App

Waste Management has launched a free app for residents that provides waste and recycling information via smart phone or other mobile devices. Information on the app is specific to each neighborhood and residents can also sign up for reminders and alerts, as well as view public education materials.

Download the ReycleCoach app from the iTunes Store or Google Play.

Recycle Coach app
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Time-of-Use Rate Plan Transitions

As part of a statewide initiative, SCE is preparing to transition 400,000 residential customer accounts to Time-of-Use rate plans (TOU). Beginning in December, customers will be notified that they’ve been randomly selected to participate. These customers will receive multiple communications before the actual transition in March. They will have the option to either remain on their current rate, transition to a specified TOU rate or switch to a different TOU rate offering. Visit SCE for full details.