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FAQ Topic: Sustainability

What restrictions has city council placed on Sonoma water customers?

To meet the required 20% water usage reduction, the following actions will be prohibited effective July 1, 2021: Refilling or initial filling of a swimming pool from the City’s water system except as otherwise needed to maintain the water level for the proper operation of swimming pool pumps and filters; Use of water for nonrecirculating … Continued

Can I compost at home?

Yes, composting at home reduces greenhouse gas emissions from trucking your organic materials to a commercial composter. And you can use the finished compost as a valuable soil amendment. Learn how to create a backyard hot pile or start a vermicomposting (worm composting) bin at home.

What are the materials that should be placed in my compost cart?

Organic materials to be placed in your compost cart include: Food scraps including solid, semi-solid, and liquid food including fruit, vegetables, cheese, meat, bones, poultry, seafood, bread, rice, pasta, tea bags, coffee filters, and fats/oils. Food-soiled paper: uncoated paper soiled by food waste (e.g., napkins, paper towels, paper plates, coffee filters, and other paper and … Continued

Can I recycle used plastic shopping bags?

Please do NOT place plastic shopping bags in your curbside recycling tote. The best option is to avoid getting new bags. But if that is not possible, try to reuse them or you may be able to donate them for reuse by local thrift stores. Otherwise, there are receptacles for recycling your plastic bags at … Continued

Where can I learn more about local sustainable businesses resources?

Learn more about the California Green Business Network that has a green business certification program that is run locally by the county and find information about sustainable business practices and programs on the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce “Green Your Business” page.

Where can I learn more about bicycling safely?

Learn the Top 10 Things to Know about Bikes. Written by Sarah Hadler, Program Manager and League of American Bicyclist Cycling Instructor #3909 with the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition

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