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Thousands of volunteers turn out to pick up litter on a soggy Coastal Cleanup Day 

 

San Mateo resident Winston Bumpus normally would welcome a little rain. But the gloomy forecast on September 21 had the Coastal Cleanup Day Site Captain a little worried. Founded in 1985, California Coastal Cleanup Day is the largest volunteer event in the state. Every year, thousands of passionate Californians join together on the third Saturday in September to pick up trash and debris that threaten our oceans and waterways. Would the rain keep San...

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Do you have an old thermostat at home with a dial or a lever that looks like the one pictured on the left? Then most likely you have a thermostat that contains mercury. Many thermostats manufactured before 2006 contain mercury. This thermostat is perfectly safe to use, as the mercury is usually contained in a glass tube. But if you decide to change your thermostat to a new digital or programmable model, disposing of the old thermostat should be done safely.



Mercury is a dangerous neurotoxin that doesn’t break down in the...

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Have you heard of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)? EPR is an approach in which the manufacturer takes responsibility for proper disposal of the products they generate. The EPR model is a free market solution that allows manufacturers to assume the cost of product waste management and develop a program that provides residents with convenient access to environmentally responsible disposal solutions. An EPR model program for unused medicine disposal is currently being considered in San Mateo County.  Under the program, drug manufacturers would fully fund a larger medicine...

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Have you noticed the Healthy Nail Salon Program logo displayed at various local nail salons? Wondering what it means? To protect the health of nail salon technicians and customers, San Mateo County Environmental Health has developed the County’s first Healthy Nail Salon Recognition Program. This
innovative program requires nail salons to choose safer products for their employees, customers and the environment.

Nail salon-related chemicals emit vapors, dusts or mists that can be breathed in or absorbed through the skin and eyes. Participating salons must provide...

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Did you know it’s more convenient than ever to recycle paint in California?

Since the start of the California Paint Stewardship Program in October 2012, PaintCare has set up over 650 FREE drop-off locations in California where the public can take unwanted, leftover paint, stains and varnish and many other related painting products for recycling. The program is open to any resident and business in California. 

*Check each store for hours of operation and accetable limits before you go....

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Draining your car’s oil every 3,000 miles is no longer necessary. Your grandfather’s advice served you well but technology has resulted in newer vehicles needing less frequent oil changes.


Cruise into a quick lube with your 2011 Chevy Cruze every 7,500 miles. Sierra-bound in your 2010 Subaru Outback? Every 7,500 miles too. And that 2011 MINI Cooper? Every 12,000 miles! Check your number at checkyournumber.org

 

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With California still facing the effects of a record-breaking drought, Earth Day is the perfect time to teach your kids to take care of our water. Get going now with these family-friendly water-protectors:

 

1. Build a rain barrel. Capturing rain in a barrel keeps it from flowing through the streets and dirtying the bay and ocean with pollutants picked up along the way. By working with your kids to harvest rainwater—and then using that water to irrigate your lawn and garden—you can also lower your utility bill. For a quick video on installing your...

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A day at the beach or a trip to the creek helps your kids build a long-lasting love for water and a close connection to their community. Here are four reasons why visiting the water can change your children’s lives this summer and beyond:

 

1) It expands their sense of wonder. By spending a few hours in a place that’s fantastically different from their everyday world, kids can gain a sense of discovery that feeds their imagination and broadens their minds. Encourage them to explore by turning your beach trip into a treasure hunt and sending them out in search of...

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Over the past few years, we have been consistently delivered some not-so-sunny news in San Mateo County: a couple of our beaches are repeatedly listed in Heal the Bay’s annual Beach Bummer list, as well as a recent Natural Resources Defense Council report for being polluted by potentially harmful bacteria. With this information, the County has been looking to both identify and rectify the source of the problem.


Now, a new study from the San Mateo County Resource Conservation District (RCD) provides insight into one area’s pollution problem (Pillar Point - Capistrano). While...

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A report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), called “Testing the Waters,” compares the safety of beaches around the U.S. The results for California beaches, especially in our area don’t look very good. The reasons why aren’t all bad; but giving the story a happy ending will take all of us working together.  

 

California has more public coastline than most of the country, because we actively protect public access. But we also enjoy homes near the coast and the Bay shoreline, which...

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