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Apr 22

Happy 50th Earth Day!

Posted on April 22, 2020 at 8:33 AM by Natalie Nebilak

While the Division of Environmental Sustainability would usually be looking forward to our annual Earth Day celebration, our top priority is the health and safety of our community, and as recommended, we advocate for residents to stay home. Here are a few tips to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day safely at home:

1. Do a waste audit. (Read how here!) A personal waste audit is a great place to start if you want to learn how to reduce your waste.

recyclecoach 2. Inform yourself. Learn what items can be recycled when you download the Recycle Coach App or use our online search feature.

3. Do a recycling scavenger hunt.

4. Upgrade household items into art. Visit Recyclart for inspiration on how to turn just about anything into art.

5. Make a DIY face mask from an old tee shirt or bandana.

6. Reorganize your refrigerator to reduce food waste. Keep leftovers and items that spoil quicker in plain sight, so they don't go to waste. Learn more about food storage tips here.

7. Start a compost bin. Composting is a great waste to reduce your waste and provide extra nutrients for your garden. Here's a few tips to get started.

8. Regrow your vegetables from scraps. Did you know that these vegetables will regrow themselves? Buy one and grow one free!

9. Start an Ocean Friendly Garden (OFG). OFGs are a great way to prevent ocean pollution from your own front yard.

10. Shop at a farmers market (schedule here) or sign up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) box to get local produce delivered. A few CSAs that deliver locally include: The Abundant TableFarmivore, and Farm Cart Organics.

Green Business Logo 11. Support Green Businesses. Green Businesses really put in the extra effort to reduce their impact on the environment. Find local green businesses here.

12. Pick up litter in your neighborhood (with gloves please). Any litter on the streets will eventually end up in the storm drains and be washed straight into the ocean. Beach clean-ups are great, but neighborhood clean-ups are also a great way to reduce ocean pollution.

13. Green your living space. Focus on one earth-friendly change you can implement in your home. Swap dead light bulbs with eco friendly replacements, phase out plastic bags with reusable bags and containers, or ditch paper towels for regular towels. Small swaps add up!

14. Sign up to receive our Environmental Sustainability Newsletter and stay up to date on environmental programs, green tips, events, and offers for City of Ventura residents.

15. Play our Earth Day Bingo. Tag us on Instagram @sustainableventura and let us know how you are celebrating Earth Month.