23 Things You Can Always Do

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  1. Recycle plastics, aluminum, steel cans, cardboard, glass and paper. Never throw garbage in a recycling container. For more information on recycling in Davis, visit http://www.davisrecycling.org.
  2. Properly dispose of hazardous waste, take all hazardous waste, including oil, batteries, and electronics to the Yolo County Central Landfill Recycling Center at 44090 County Road 28 on drop off days. For fee information and dates, call (530) 666-8729. If you can’t wait for a drop off day, contact the City of Sacramento Recycling and Transfer Station at (916) 379-0500.
  3. Drop your plastic grocery bags back off at the grocery store to reuse and recycle.
  4. Better yet, use a canvas grocery bag! Many grocery stores will give you a small discount for using your own bag.
  5. Turn off lights and appliances when you’re not using them. If you leave the room for more than a few minutes, you should turn off the light.
  6. Turn your thermostat down 2 degrees in the winter.
  7. Turn your thermostat up 2 degrees in the summer.
  8. Fans use a lot less energy than the air conditioner. Use them as much as possible in the summer.
  9. Use rechargeable batteries.
  10. Take your favorite mug to your favorite coffee shop. Many cafés offer a few cents off your drink purchase.
  11. When your cell phone, iPod, or PDA is done charging, unplug it, and unplug the charger.
  12. Buy used items when appropriate.
  13. Sell, give away, or donate reusable items.
  14. Buy products that use less packaging.
  15. Rent or borrow items you won’t use often.
  16. Frequent stores with good environmental and sustainable business practices.
  17. Don’t pour anything down storm drains, storm drains are for rain water only!
  18. Volunteer with a local agency that plants trees around town. Visit Tree Davis at http://www.treedavis.org.
  19. ‘Adopt-a-Park’ - contact Parks and Community Services at (530) 757-5656.
  20. Eat less beef. One pound of beef can take up to 36 pounds of CO2 emissions to produce.
  21. Drink tap water instead of bottled water. Remember that every bottle of water has to be filtered, bottled in plastic, and then shipped to the store.
  22. Pick up your pet waste and put it in the garbage. Don’t leave it on your neighbor’s lawn.
  23. Give experiences as gifts instead of items that will go unused.