Environmental Programs News - Spring 2020



Promoting Environmental Awareness in the City of Irvine

Earth Day

April 22 Earth Day - Earth Day Goes Digital

As we exercise our individual and collective responsibility to reduce viral transmissions to preserve human health, the Earth needs us now more than ever to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day at home with your family. This year you can engage in an interactive Earth Day Bingo game to learn about resource conservation and win an environmentally friendly prize, view an online composting class, embrace the outdoors responsibly, and evaluate your home habits to incorporate best practices. We hope these measures will stick even after our global health crisis subsides.

Visit the City of Irvine's Earth Day webpage to learn more about how you can take action for the planet while social distancing, and celebrate Earth Day everyday. No matter where you are, you can make a difference. Learn how by joining the Earth Day Live events brought to you by the Earth Day Network. 



Compost Class Video: Composting Made Easy

While you are staying at home, the City of Irvine is bringing composting tips to you. Learn how to recycle your food and yard waste into garden gold to both nourish your garden and help the environment. Watch this free online video to learn simple Backyard Composting techniques and start composting today.

OC Waste & Recycling has teamed up with Discovery Cube OC to create an exciting and virtual way to teach your kids about composting from the comfort of your own home. To start your own compost recipe, download their free activity guide here.

farmers market

Modified Farmers Market at Great Park

As a preventative measure to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and maintain social distancing in keeping with state and federal guidelines, the Great Park Certified Farmers Market will continue as a drive-through until further notice.

Visitors are encouraged to buy only what they need in consideration of others, and to wash all produce purchased.

Sundays, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. until further notice, weather permitting. Admission is free. The Farmers Market is located in Lot No. 2; enter along Great Park Boulevard at Sand Canyon Avenue. 


Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers Are Open

County landfills and Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers are open. These are essential public services and remain committed to serving the  need of residents.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center:
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays
6411 Oak Canyon, Irvine, 92618

       Visit website for list of material accepted.

energy savings

Energy Saving Shelter in Place Tips

The California Public Utilities Commission announced actions it is taking to accelerate the use of its programs to help reduce the impact of anticipated higher energy bills due to many Californians staying at home in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here are some tips on how to conserve energy during shelter in place.

Green business

Support Irvine Green Business Program

The City of Irvine is now offering a FREE Green Business Assistance Program, designed to help businesses operate sustainably and receive public recognition for their efforts. Becoming a Certified Green Business means implementing practices that reduce energy and water consumption, prevent pollution, diverts waste from landfills and assist staff in creating a cleaner healthier environment for their employees.
Support the following Irvine Certified Green Businesses:
Aperture Ventures Vitality Bowls, FCS International, Inc, Irvine Campus Housing Authority, Irvine Therapy Services, Inc, Naturepedic, Sunpin Solar.


Reminder: Keep Wipes Out of Pipes

As people increase their use of disinfecting wipes, IRWD reminds customers not to flush them. Please throw them away! Wipes are not flushable and can easily snag on imperfections in pipelines and create severe clogs in your home’s plumbing or the water district sewers. Visit the Irvine Ranch Water District website for more information.



Next meeting will be a virtual meeting on May 11.
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