Environmental Programs News - Summer 2021

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Promoting Environmental Awareness in the City of Irvine

Free Paper Shredding Event

In partnership with the City of Irvine, Waste Management is hosting a free paper shredding event Saturday, July 17, 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. The event is first come, first served, and will end when truck capacity is reached. Those customers who wish to watch their paper be shredded will need to pull off to a designated area on the side away from the truck and staff.

Saturday, July 17, 9 - 11 a.m.
Lakeview Senior Center
20 Lake Road, Irvine

Recycle From Home

Recycle From Home Program

Recycle From Home™ is a 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.

Watch City of Irvine Mayor Farrah N. Khan's remarks on this important initiative.

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Climate Planning

The City of Irvine has taken several steps to identify climate impacts – and begin preparing for a climate-resilient future, by completing a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan and a Strategic Energy Plan. The City of Irvine also led the formation of the first Community Choice Energy initiative in Orange County to give consumers clean energy choices- and reduce GHG emissions.

Recognizing the climate impacts of drought, extreme heat, and wildfires already being felt in Irvine and the Southern California region, the community and the City Council requested the development of a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) for Irvine. 

On June 9, 2021, the City's Green Ribbon Environmental Committee supported City staff's recommendation to award a professional services contract to Ascent Environmental to work on the CAAP for Irvine. On June 22, 2021, the City Council directed staff to award the contract- and begin the climate action process for the community.

To learn more about the City’s sustainability efforts, and find out how you can participate in the climate planning process, please visit cityofirvine.org/climate.

DR Alerts

Stay Informed about Upcoming Energy Events

Demand Response (DR) programs can help you save energy and money. DR programs provide incentives for reducing electricity use when demand for electricity is high. You can choose from a variety of DR programs through Southern California Edison. Learn how Demand Response programs contribute to a clean energy future, and the impact these programs can have during emergency situations.

Receive notifications when a Demand Response event is scheduled, when it starts, when it ends, or all three; and then customize by DR program, area, and alert preferences.

Sign up for Southern California Edison Demand Response Alerts mobile app to get alerts 30 minutes before an energy event starts, when it starts, and when it ends.

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Flex Alerts are Voluntary Calls to Conserve Electricity.

A Flex Alert is typically issued in the summer when extremely hot weather pushes up energy demand as it reaches available capacity. This usually happens in the evening hours when solar generation is going offline and consumers are returning home and switching on air conditioners, lights, and appliances. Learn what to do prior to and during a flex alert.

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      Waste Management Town Hall Meeting

Waste Management hosted a Virtual Town Hall meeting to discuss residential service, COVID-19 staffing, provide information about updating online account communication preferences, and how to contact Waste Management Customer Service. Waste Management representatives answered questions from residents regarding route updates, recycling contamination, the senior discount plan, yard and food waste recycling, and bulky item pick-ups. View presentation slides under the Resources section.


Save Water and Stop Mosquitoes

Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District and Irvine Ranch Water District have teamed up to remind residents that mosquito control is a shared responsibility that benefits everyone. Overwatering and sprinkler system leaks result in wasted water. The smallest puddle of standing water can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes. In fact, the Aedes mosquito can breed in as little as a teaspoon of water! Find out what you can do to safeguard your property and avoid mosquito breeding.


The Resilience of Our Water Supply

How do dry times affect local water conditions? While 2021 has been critically dry in California, Irvine Ranch Water District (IRWD) is well-positioned to weather these conditions for several years.

We’re in good shape. But saving water is something to always strive for rain or shine, and IRWD remains at your service with rebates, workshops, and tips to help.

Because of the District’s long history of investing in new and drought-proof sources of water – and thanks to IRWD customers for using water wisely — the District can fully meet the needs of our community.

Learn more about how IRWD encourages efficient water use and offers ongoing programs and information to give customers the tools they need to save water.

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Sizzlin' Summer Concerts

The City of Irvine Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts return to Mike Ward Community Park - Woodbridge. The community is invited to a series of free family-friendly concerts covering a variety of musical tastes. Bring a picnic basket or plan to purchase treats from gourmet food trucks on-site. Our concerts are intended to bring our community together for fun-filled evening in the park.

General admission is free and no ticket/pre-registration is required. Tickets for reserved seating near the front stage can be purchased at yourirvine.org.

In support of the City's 50th anniversary celebration, we encourage everyone to donate canned food and nonperishable items to help support families in need to reach our goal of filling 50 barrels from our concert event season. All donations support Families Forward.

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, divert 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

Join the next meeting August 11.
Learn More