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Everyday Actions for Our Planet

Earth Day 2021

In celebration of Earth Day, we are offering a chance to win an Earth Day-friendly goody bag!

To enter to win take a photo of yourself doing one of the five things below. You can submit a photo of each action for multiple entries with a limit of 5 entries per person.

1. Pick up trash in your neighborhood
2. Use a bicycle to get around in your neighborhood
3. Take a picture in front of our pop-up display on Burlingame Avenue or Broadway
4. Fill your reusable bottle at a hydration station in a public park
5. Show how you say no to disposable cutlery

Email your picture to jlee@burlingame.org or tag @burlingame_sustainability on Instagram.

This giveaway ends on April 30, 2021 and winners will be selected in early May. Maximum of one winner per household in Burlingame. Goody bag contents may include a reusable bag, dog waste dispenser, low flow showerhead, and reusable metal straw. Limited grand prize of a puzzle will be awarded for residents that submit photos of all five actions above.

More Ways to Celebrate Earth Day:
Read: The Burlingame Library is kicking off its Burlingame Reads program with The Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler - a novel that touches on climate disaster, equity, and hope for the future. Pick up a free copy at the Library and join the community book discussion. More information here.

Learn: What Will Sea Level Rise Adaptation Look Like? Learn what's being done to make our community more resilient to sea level rise, flooding, and coastal erosion. Thursday, April 22, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Zoom. Register here

Smile: Have you seen our Earth Day pop-up window display in downtown Burlingame and Broadway? Take a photo as a butterfly and share @burlingame_sustainability on Instagram.

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Sharpen your Un-Wasting Skills
Recycling worksheet for adults and kids.
Interactive sorting game.
Food saving tips and tricks

Everyday Actions
Which do you do?

  1.  Turn off lights when not in use.
  2.  Unplug or turn off gadgets.
  3.   Shutdown or set your computer to sleep mode when not using.
  4.   Switch to LED bulbs.
  5.   Run the dishwasher on full loads.
  6.   Run the washing machine on cold water, always, and with full loads.
  7.   Sun/air dry items instead of using a dryer when possible.
  8.   If purchasing new appliances, make sure they are Energy Star.
  9.   If replacing appliances, consider going all-electric for heating and cooking in place of natural gas, a fossil fuel.
  10.   Power your home with 100% renewable energy by enrolling in Peninsula Clean Energy's ECO100 program. (This is one of the most impactful and easiest steps households can take to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support renewable energy.)
  11.  Compost food scraps and food soiled paper products (pizza boxes, paper plates, etc.) in the green bin.
  12.  Recycle plastics, glass, and aluminum in the blue bin.
  13.  Use www.whatbin.com to find out which items can be composted, recycled, or landfilled.
  14.  Choose household products with minimal packaging such as shampoo bars or dish soap bars.
  15.  When crafting, reuse household items when possible and avoid using glitter and other plastic based materials.
  16.  Avoid produce and other foods heavily packaged in plastic.
  17.  Use non-toxic cleaning products, such as vinegar for windows, bathrooms, and kitchens.
  18.  Refill hand hand soap dispensers  instead of buying new dispensers.  One option of how to dilute soap for different types of cleaning here.
  19.  Keep plastic bags out of the trash. Reuse them as possible and then collect for recycling. Grocery stores, like Safeway, offer collection bins for recycling plastic bags.
  20.  Mend clothing that still has use.
  21.  Reuse old towels and sheets into cleaning rags.
  22.  Collect and store old electronics to recycle in the future. Green Citizen in Burlingame has an e-waste drop-off (call to check hours).
  23.  Properly dispose household batteries. Collect old batteries in a bag for future recycling. Find where batteries may be recycled at www.RecycleStuff.org
  24.  Property dispose household hazardous.  Collect and store hazardous waste to dispose of properly in the future. Information on options available here www.smchealth.org/hhw
  25.  Discard unwanted or expired medication at a safe medicine disposal site such as the Burlingame Police Department, CVS, or Walgreens near you. For a complete list of sites, visit www.smchealth.org/rxdisposal.
  26.  Turn off the water faucet when not in use, such as when brushing teeth.
  27.  Soak dirty pots and pans rather than let the water run while washing.
  28.  Time your showers to 5 minutes.
  29.  Toilet leaks can be silent! Test your toilet for leaks at least once a year.
  30.  Use a WaterSense labeled showerhead.
  31.  Install water-saving aerators on all of your faucets.
  32.  Replace (or partially replace) your turf lawn with California native and drought-tolerant plants.
  33.  Grow your own herbs and vegetables.
  34.  Start a compost pile. Using compost in your garden or flower beds adds water-holding organic matter to the soil.
  35.  Use a layer of organic mulch around plants to help them retain moisture, save water, time, and money.
  36.  Use less-toxic gardening products in your garden. Visit www.ourwaterourworld.org for a list of approved products.
  37.  Install a rain barrel to collect rainwater from gutters for watering gardens.
  38.  Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street. Make sure sprinklers don't run during rain.
  39.  Never pour fats, oils, or grease down the drain. Instead, wipe off cooking oil with a paper towel and scrape off grease and deposit in composting bin. For large amounts, pour liquid cooking oil into an old jar and dispose of it in the black garbage bin. 
  40.  Never flush wipes in toilets. Toilets are not trashcans. Only flush the 3 Ps: pee, poop, and (toilet) paper. When other items are flushed, they may get clogged and cause unwanted back-ups.
  41.  Adopt a Drain near your home or business by pledging to keep it free of litter and leaves. Visit www.burlingame.org/adoptadrain for more information.
  42.  Participate in our annual Bayfront Cleanup Day. This year it will be held on September 26, 2020.
  43.  Always pick up your pet’s waste and throw the bagged waste in the garbage bin.
  44.  Do not litter. Ever. Pick up litter when possible.
  45.  Avoid washing your car on the street. It can be an environmentally-unfriendly chore. Oil, metals, dirt and other pollutants flow into the storm drain which leads to the San Francisco Bay untreated. Best to wash your car at a commercial car wash (when open again) since they collect and recycle the wash water.
  46.  Eat less meat. The meat industry is a giant source of emissions and requires significant amounts of land, water, and resources. Eating less meat is one of the easiest actions people can take that has the largest impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 
  47.  Consider a clean air vehicle as your next car, such as hybrids, plug-ins, or electric vehicles. California offers up to $7,000 in EV rebates.
  48.  Learn about Burlingame’s Climate Action Plan and the strategies the City is taking on to reduce emissions.
  49.  Subscribe to our weekly e-newsletter at www.burlingame.org/enews and Follow us on Instagram (@burlingame_sustainability), Facebook (@BurlingameCityHall), or Twitter (@BurlingameCity)
  50.  Stay well and distant. Keeping social distance is our best chance for staying safe and getting past this time.