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City of Tracy Hosting Free E-Waste Collection Event

The City of Tracy wil be hosting an Electronic Waste Recyling Event on Saturday, Janaury 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Public Works, Boyd Service Center at 520 Tracy Boulevard, Gate #1.

This event gives resident sa nd buisnessess an opportuntiy to dispose of unwanted elelctronic devcies. as well as styrofoam packaging and cardboard..

They wil be accepting electronics, fluorescent bulbs, household batteries, mercury items and holiday lights in addition to clean white polystyrene block foam packaging and cardboard.

They will NOT accept packing peanuts, bubble wrap, food or beverage containers, major appliances and automotive batteries.

For more information, please call 209-831-6300

Check Before You Burn begins 11th season

Check Before You Burn begins 11th season

The Valley’s most important regulation for wintertime air-pollution reduction begins its 11th season Nov. 1.

Check Before You Burn, which has resulted in historically clean wintertime air quality in the Valley, continues through February. This wood-burning curtailment program is a critical tool in minimizing harmful particulate pollution.

“The understanding and cooperation of the Valley’s residents has made this regulation the single-most cost-effective regulation on record in the air basin,” said Seyed Sadredin, the Air District’s executive director and air pollution control officer. “It’s a matter of public health.”

Expired Medication Safe Disposal Event, Oct. 26

Expired Medication Safe Disposal Event, Oct. 26
Expired Medication Safe Disposal Event, Oct. 26(Stockton)

Two San Joaquin USA landfills prepare to fire up power plants

Two San Joaquin USA landfills prepare to fire up power plants

Two major local landfills - one private, the other operated by the county - are within months of finishing new power plants that will take harmful methane gas created by the decomposition of garbage and convert it into electricity.

The plant at privately owned Forward Landfill, a San Joaquin Partnership Investor, southeast of Stockton will have a capacity of greater than 4.3 megawatts, enough to power about 4,380 average homes at any one time.

The other plant, at the county's Foothill Landfill near Linden, weighs in at 3.5 megawatts - roughly enough to power a city the size of Lathrop.

The projects were described as helping planet and pocketbook.

"Certainly, from an environmental perspective, we want to make sure we capture all the methane and use it in a resourceful way," said Kevin Basso, general manager of landfill owner Allied Waste. "And it makes sense economically."

Officials call Air Alert

Officials call Air Alert

Increasing ozone levels and possible smoke impacts from lingering wildfires have prompted local air officials to declare the air basin’s second Air Alert episode of 2013 beginning today (Monday, Sept. 9) and continuing through Wed., Sept. 11. The Air Alert is effective in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and the Valley portion of Kern counties.

2014 calendar contest seeks entries

2014 calendar contest seeks entries

The San Joaquin Valley Air District is seeking creative student artists to submit their work for the 2014 Healthy Air Living Kids’ Calendar contest. The deadline for entries is Oct. 7.

The annual, four-color, bilingual, wall  calendar is produced with the help of Valley students from kindergarten through high school, who create engaging artwork illustrating the ways Valley residents can live healthy air lives, with accompanying clean-air messages. Twenty-thousand copies are printed and distributed free of charge to schools, community groups, healthcare facilities, churches and nonprofit organizations throughout the Valley.

Guidelines for creating a winning Healthy Air Living calendar entry:

Rim Fire sends smoke to Valley floor

Rim Fire sends smoke to Valley floor

Health caution through weekend for most of air basin

The Rim Fire in Tuolumne County has prompted local air officials to issue a health cautionary statement for smoke impacts in six Valley air basin counties: San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno and Tulare, especially the foothill and mountain areas. The caution is in place through Labor Day weekend, when visitors will be traveling to the Sierra Nevada.

If winds should shift, Kings and the Valley portion of Kern counties may become affected, as well.

“Our rule of thumb is, if you can see and smell smoke, you are probably being affected,” said Samir Sheikh, the Air District’s director of air quality analysis. In that event, air officials advise residents to take whatever health precautions their conditions warrant.