July & August 2020
There's no better time to start composting, especially if you win our free compost bin. While every City of Ventura resident is welcome to take advantage of our compost bin rebate program, which offers 50% discount on the Soil Saver or Wiggly Ranch bin, one lucky winner will receive a free compost bin.

How to enter:
  1. Download the Recycle Coach App.
  2. In the Recycle Coach App, click on "News" in the drop-down menu.
  3. Click "Enter the City of Ventura's Compost Bin Giveaway" in the News story, and fill in the entry form.

One winner will be selected at the end of July and contacted directly. Eligible winners must be a City of Ventura resident (proof of residency required) and have the Recycle Coach app downloaded on their phone. The winner may pick up their free compost bin, as featured in the compost bin rebate program, from the Green Thumb Nursery in Ventura.

Visit our website to learn more about composting and how to maintain your compost bin.
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Resources to Help Businesses with COVID-19 Recovery

Business Assistance Grant Program
The Ventura County Rapid Response COVID-19 Business Assistance Grant Program provides grants of $5,000 to small businesses and nonprofit organizations located in Ventura County to alleviate impacts from COVID-19. Applications will be available from June 24 to July 8, 2020, so visit the link below now!
Click on this link , and scroll to the bottom of the page for more information and to apply.

CAGBN COVID-19 Resiliency Webinars
The California Green Business Network and partners presented a webinar series aimed to help businesses adapt and recover, build resilience, and incorporate sustainability into the years that come. Click on this link to view these webinars.
Green Schools
Sustainable You! Summer Camp Goes Virtual

This year we are excited to partner with the UC Hansen Research Center and Ventura Water to offer a virtual Sustainable You! Summer Camp on July 20-24th 10:00 - 11:30 am.

Youth ages 9-12 are invited to join us via Zoom to l earn what it means to be sustainable and how to protect our environment. Each day is based a round the five major themes: Air, Land, Energy, Water, and Food, and will include fun, guided and independent activities that everyone can do at home. Check out our 2019 Camp Highlights Blog to learn more about the types of activities and topics that we included in previous years.

While the camp is free, pre-registration is required. Learn more about the Sustainable You! Virtual Summer Camp or click here to register.
Food Waste Prevention
Did you know that over 40% of food waste in America occurs in the home?

This means we all have a chance to have a positive impact from our own kitchens! Many times, we can avoid food from spoiling too early by double checking that we're storing it properly. For example, when you bring tofu home, be sure to store it in the refrigerator in its original packaging until you are ready to use. Once opened, keep submerged in water in an airtight container in the refrigerator and change the water daily. At its freshest, tofu is good for about 10 days.

Be a part of the change by researching proper food storage. For more tips like this, visit SaveTheFood.com .
Recycle Coach Tip
Can you recycle plastic bags?

Plastic bags and film plastics (think plastic produce bags, plastic "baggies", air pillows, and bubble wrap) can all be taken back to your local grocery store to be recycled. Look for a collection point near the entryways. Here are a few locations that accept plastic bags and film plastics.

Never place these items in the recycle bin. Plastic bags that are placed in the recycle bin can seriously slow down and disrupt your local recycling facility.

Download the Recycle Coach App to learn more!
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