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“Energized by Art” Project Brings Eco-Art to Cupertino!
Notice a new splash of color on your morning commute along De Anza Boulevard? As part of Cupertino’s 2015 Earth Day Festival, the City collaborated with local art school Hongyun Art and the Fine Arts Commission to transform once gray utility boxes into student eco-art canvasses for our whole community to enjoy.
The recently completed pilot, modeled after efforts in adjacent jurisdictions, sought to showcase our City youth’s creative talents and to promote a culture of conservation in Cupertino. Cupertino residents from ages four to eighteen were invited to submit entries that answered the question: What can all Cupertinians do to conserve valuable resources like energy and water, reduce waste or prevent pollution? Student artists will be recognized at an upcoming Council meeting for their talents and artistic contribution to our great green City. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Winter Woodburning Tips
Fireplaces and woodstoves are a major source of air pollution during the winter months. Wood fires contribute up to a third of the particulate matter in the air on cold, still nights, causing a special health concern for children, seniors and people with respiratory problems. Take care not to burn wood during Spare the Air Alerts, the days when air quality is particularly bad. It is illegal to burn wood, firelogs or pellets in your fireplace, woodstove, or outdoor firepit on Spare the Air Days. Sign up for automatic alerts by visiting www.sparetheair.org.
“Green” your Holiday Season!
Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the volume of household waste in the United States generally increases 25%-- about 1 million extra tons! Reduce your eco-impact this holiday season by making reusing, reducing and recycling part of your holiday tradition. Here are a few tips:
Reuse and Reduce: Save money and resources by reusing or repurposing items in a creative way. Transform used items into new decorations or gifts. If buying items, check out your local thrift store before buying new. When hosting holiday celebrations, serve food and refreshments in reusable dishware.
Christmas Trees: Christmas trees will be collected from homes on regular collection days during the month of January. Cut trees into 5-foot lengths, remove all decorations and stands, and place trees in your brown yard waste cart or at the curb. Apartment and condominium complexes should collect trees in a central location; managers should call Recology when the complex is ready for tree pick-up: 408.725.4020. Flocked trees are also accepted for composting.
Cardboard: Cardboard boxes can be placed in the blue recycling cart or flattened, tied together and placed alongside the cart. Boxes must be flattened and cut into 3-ft by 3-ft pieces.
Styrofoam: Blocks of Styrofoam, Styrofoam “peanuts”, and any other expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam materials are not accepted in the City’s recycling program. UPS stores will accept Styrofoam “peanuts” for recycling. The closest stores are 20660 Stevens Creek Blvd, 408.213.219, and 1072 S. De Anza Blvd, 408.253.6561.
Wrapping paper: Gift wrapping paper is recyclable – include it in your curbside recycling container. However, plastic-coated and foil wrapping paper, ribbons and bows cannot be recycled.
Extra Holiday Garbage?
If you do generate extra trash this season, you can use your
On-Call Disposal Days: Cupertino residents have two free On-Call Disposal Days for large amounts of trash. Schedule a Disposal Day by calling Recology: 408.725.4020. Visit the City’s website at email@example.com for details.