Environmental Programs News - Spring 2021



Promoting Environmental Awareness in the City of Irvine

Earth Day

Restore Our Earth Virtual Pledge

A healthy planet is not an option — it is a necessity.
Help protect our environment by promising to
perform earth-friendly acts to conserve our valuable
resources and reduce pollution.

Take the Virtual Earth Day Pledge.

Pledge participants will receive an Earth Day Box which may contain a stainless steel tumbler, key-chain, reusable straw, and magnet. One prize per resident, while supplies last. Boxes will be available for pickup at various City of Irvine community centers between May 1-15. Pledge to Restore Our Earth.

Do your part this Earth Day by taking small steps each day, which can lead to big changes overtime. Visit the City of Irvine Earth Day webpage for activities and tips to make Every Day Earth Day in Irvine.

Recycle From Home

Recycle From Home Program

Recycle From Home™ is a new residential program that makes it easy for Irvine residents to recycle and get paid for their CA-CRV containers right from their driveway or doorstep. No more loading up the car with bags of cans and bottles and standing in line at a redemption center. Recycle From Home™ customers follow a few simple steps of sorting and preparing their CA-CRV recyclable items and then schedule a pickup online at recyclefromhome.com. Recyclables are picked up, weighed, processed, and redemption is calculated for payment to residents electronically or as a mailed check. Sign up at recyclefromhome.com.

food drive

Ramadan Food Collection Event: April 18

The City of Irvine is proud to host a drive-thru food collection event April 18 at the Irvine Civic Center in honor of Ramadan. Drop off canned food and nonperishable items at the Civic Center parking lot from 10 a.m. to noon and help support families in need. All donations support Families Forward, and the items most needed include pasta sauce, canned fruit, peanut butter, soup, and canned beans. For more information, visit cityofirvine.org.

Drive Electric

Drive Electric Earth Day Webinar April 20

On April 20, in honor of Earth Week, The City of Irvine will host a “Drive Electric Earth Day” webinar providing an overview of electric vehicles (EV) including the benefits of ownership, charging options, and available incentives.

Participants will hear from two local EV owners on their decision to go electric and their experience thus far, as well as hear from City staff and a representative from Southern California Edison. There will also be a 20-minute question and answer session where participants will have the opportunity to engage with the panelists in demystifying electric vehicles. All webinar participants will be entered into a raffle to win several Earth Day-themed raffle prizes, which will be awarded at the conclusion of the webinar.

The webinar will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on April 20. Click here for additional information regarding Drive Electric Earth Day webinar.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This webinar workshop will be held via Zoom.


Rooftop Solar: Everything You Need To Know Before Going Solar

April 21, Noon-1 p.m.

OC Goes Solar is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Irvine. Their work empowers neighbors to go solar together, by simplifying the process of going solar and securing neighborhood discounts from vetted local contractors. Join for the educational workshop, in collaboration with the City of Irvine, in honor of Earth Day. Bring your questions and learn everything you need to know before going solar!

Register for Webinar


      Virtual Compost Webinar April 23

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. The presenter will provide you with tips and resources, plus you will have the chance to ask questions regarding composting.

The webinar will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on April 23. Click here for additional information regarding the Virtual Compost Webinar.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This webinar workshop will be held via Zoom.

Green Ribbon

Green Ribbon Environmental Committee Seeks to Fill Member-at-Large Positions

The City of Irvine is accepting applications to fill two member-at-large vacancies and two student vacancies on the Green Ribbon Environmental Committee. The Committee advises the City Council and makes recommendations on matters related to energy, recycling and waste management, mobility, open space, and water issues.

Applicants may be an Irvine resident, student, or businessperson. Members-at-large will serve two-year terms, while students who are currently in middle school or high school will serve one-year terms.

Applications are available online here.
Completed applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 25.


California Plastics Crisis Conference Series:
Impacts and Solutions at Home and Beyond

Register and join this free four-part conference series, hosted by the Newkirk Center for Science & Society and the University of California, Irvine (UCI), that will engage the community in a discussion about the scope of the plastic problem, the impact of plastic pollution in California and beyond, as well as plastic alternatives, and policy solutions.

Viewing and discussion – The Story of Plastic: April 29 at 7 p.m.
Speaker Panels and Q&A: May 6, 13, 20, and 27
Noon - 1 p.m.

For more information and the agenda, visit the Coastal Quest website.


Business Recycling and Compliance

AB-341 states the mandatory implementation of a recycling plan by businesses, public entities, and multi-family units in California. To read about the bill and what you can do to stay compliant, please visit our AB-341 page

AB-1826 is a state law that requires businesses that generate two-cubic yards or more of organic waste a week to arrange for organic waste recycling services. The City provides technical assistance to ensure businesses stay complaint with the legislation. Please visit our AB-1826 page to learn more. 

SB 1383 establishes methane emissions reduction targets in a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants in California. SB 1383 establishes targets to achieve a 75 percent reduction in the statewide disposal of organic waste from the 2014 level by 2025. The City of Irvine and its waste haulers will provide waste service to residents and businesses to maintain compliance with the requirements of this legislation in 2022, including solid waste service to collect food waste from residential and business properties.


Irvine Ranch Water District Events

IRWD Community Meeting on Syphon Reservoir Improvement Project
April 21 at 6 p.m.
Virtual public meeting to share highlights from the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) with the community. The public will have the opportunity to provide comments during this meeting.

Michelson Water Recycling Plant Virtual Tour
April 28 at noon
This tour will walk you through the recycled water process from start to finish. You will learn how water is recycled for reuse safely. Attendees have an opportunity to win a water efficiency kit.

Sprinkler Spruce-Up Workshop
May 12 at noon
Learn how to save money and water by repairing and maintaining your irrigation system. Find out the easy way to update sprinklers to drip irrigation.

Green Biz

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.

View Green Business Video

Green Ribbon Committee

Green Ribbon Environmental Committee

Next meeting will be April 14.
Learn More