E.C.O. Resources During COVID-19
Be Idle Free During Takeout and Curbside Pickup
Picking up food or picking up your curbside shopping? Turn your engine off if you have to wait more than 30 seconds-1 minute and are safely parked. Not only will you help spare the air, but by preventing your car from being idle, you’ll save fuel and money while also taking into consideration the health and well-being of the people around you! Check out this fact sheet from Idle Free Bay Area for more information.
Places for Seniors and People with Disabilities to Cool Off During Extreme Heat
To cool off on days of extreme heat, Contra Costa County’s Employment & Human Services Department (EHSD) is opening locations with water and charging stations to cool off during the day. Social distancing and face covering requirements are in place, and visitors will be asked screening questions before they can enter the building. For further information, please call Information & Assistance at 1 (800) 510-2020 (from within Contra Costa County, using a land line) or (925) 229-8434 (when using a cell phone or from outside Contra Costa County).
Visit the EPA's recycling page for more information.
With more people staying home, households may generate more waste than they did before, but there is also an opportunity to focus on waste prevention, and increase your reuse and recycling efforts. Recycled materials serve as feedstocks to produce essential supplies especially needed during this time, such as paper towels, sanitizing wipes, toilet paper, and packaging for a wide range of products, including boxes for shipping. Many businesses that would normally generate large amounts of recyclables have limited operations now. Therefore, household recycling is vital to the continued supply of raw materials for U.S. manufacturing sectors.
Now is a great time to focus on waste prevention where possible, and when recycling, keep the materials as clean and dry as possible. Follow the guidelines of your local recycling hauler and only put items in your recycling bin that they accept.
Tips for Recycling
Materials that may be contaminated with COVID-19, such as masks, wipes, latex gloves, and plastic bags, go in the landfill bin. If someone in your home has COVID-19, treat your recyclables as trash.
Need to clean your house reduce your waste? If you have old clothes or old towels, you can use those instead of disposable wipes or paper towels to wipe things down, and wash when it’s soiled.