Food scrap waste recycling pails are now available in the WCA office. The green food waste recycling bins are located near the white recycling bins and tan yard waste bins in the garage. Your good work in this area has reduced your garbage expenses $90,000 annually!
FOOD WASTE RECYCLING AVAILABLE TO ALL RESIDENTS
Kitchen food scrap containers are now available to any resident interested in participating in food waste recycling.The containers, provided by the City of Emeryville and Alameda County Waste Management, are free of charge (limit one container per unit with a valid Watergate ID card), and can be picked up in the WCA Office Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
Dispose of collected food waste scraps in the GREEN food waste recycle bin located near the tan green waste bins in all building garages with the exception of C Building, where it is located next to the white recycling bin.
Be sure your kitchen food scrap container is dry and tightly sealed before transporting your food waste from your unit to the recycling bin. If your container leaks or spills in the lobby, elevator, hallway, garage, or trash room please be courteous and clean up after yourself.
Rotting food attracts rodents and insects, so be vigilant about keeping the recycling container lid securely closed after disposing of your food scraps. This will also alleviate most of the odor associated with this type of recycling.
Please recycle responsibly. DO NOT leave your dirty and/or empty collection containers in the trash room, garage, your parking space, the laundry room or building lobby areas.
When cleaning out your kitchen food scrap container, be sure to scrape and/or wipe out the inside thoroughly before rinsing to avoid putting any grease residue or food debris down your kitchen drain.
WHY RECYCLE FOOD SCRAPS? Food scraps and food soiled paper are the largest single item in our waste stream - making up approximately 35% of what we throw away in Alameda County. Food scraps are a resource, not a waste. By participating in the food scrap recycling program, food scraps and food soiled paper are sent to a composting facility. Instead of taking up space in the landfill, your food scraps become compost - a valuable resource used by landscapers and farmers.
WHAT YOU CAN INCLUDE
WHAT NOT TO INCLUDE
All Food Products
Fruit, vegetable, breads, cereal, dairy
Meat, fish (including bones)
Leftovers and table scraps
Coffee Grounds, Filters and Tea Bags
Paper towels, plates & napkins
Milk and ice cream cartons
Bags, wrap, cutlery, trays, containers, or lids Styrofoam or Polystyrene foam
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EV Charging Stations Come to Watergate!
You may have noticed the three double-sided charging stations for electric cars that were recently installed between 3 and 5 Commodore. This installation is the result of a year-long campaign to bring state-of-the-art charging to Watergate so that interested residents will have the option of purchasing either an all-electric or a plug-in hybrid car.
WCA is sponsoring an informational meeting about these types of vehicles on Monday, December 10, at 6:00 p.m. prior to the monthly Board meeting. Residents Ron Freund and Sam Foushee will coordinate the meeting, and they plan to have a local expert speak about what vehicles are currently available and what are coming soon. The speaker will also address the process of purchasing, owning and operating one of the vehicles.
The charging stations are currently configured to work as follows: It will cost $0.45 to start a charging session, and $1.50 per hour to charge your vehicle. The average charge is expected to take 4-5 hours. You will wave your contactless credit card over the UIC reader symbol on the face of the charging station, or contact Chargepoint® at 1.888-758-4389 to order a loadable Chargepoint® card to wave in front of the UIC reader. You can also download the Chargepoint® mobile app from your mobile phone's app store. This will allow you to manage many of your charging activities from your mobile phone.
Vehicles will be charged for every hour they are in the space, so it's important to move your vehicle to your regular parking space when your vehicle charging is complete.
Watergate looks forward to the first electric or hybrid vehicle pulling up to your new charging stations.
Common Use Utility Usage Results for Fiscal Year 2009/2010
Common use utilities usage compared to the prior fiscal year: Water usage was down 2 gallons per unit per day, which is 1.1% below prior year; natural gas usage was down 3 therms per day for the whole complex, which is .4% below prior year; and electric use was up 2.4 kilowatt hours per day for the complex, which is .1% above last year's usage.
Free E-Waste event at Watergate on Saturday, July 10, 2010 from 9 am until 2 pm.
Free E-Waste event at Watergate on Saturday, January 16, 2010 from 9 am until 2 pm. Click for event flyer.
Ninety nine people participated and dropped off items resulting in 3,977 lbs of recycled property kept out of the landfill. Thank you!
Common Use Utility Usage Results for Fiscal Year 2008/2009
All common use utilities showed usage decline from the prior fiscal year. Water usage was down 4 gallons per unit per day, which is 4.2% below prior year; natural gas usage was down 21 therms per day for the whole complex, which is 3.3% below prior year; and electric use was down 130 kilowatt hours per day for the complex, which is 2.8% below last year's usage.
Free E-Waste event at Watergate on Saturday, July 11, 2009 from 9 am until 2 pm. Click here for event flyer.
Renewable Energy Committee Information
Solar power presentation to the Renewable Energy Committee
City of Emeryville Multi-Family Recycling Guide
We’ve been noticing an increase in plastic bags, foam packaging and plastic food containers that are not #1 and #2 narrow-neck bottles in our recycling bins. If you have forgotten what is acceptable and what isn't, you can download a copy of the City's official Multi-Family Recycling Guide at the City website, or you can pick up a copy of our recycling flyer in the WCA office.
SAVE ENERGY, MONEY, AND THE ENVIRONMENT: GET A FREE HOME ENERGY AUDIT
The Watergate Community Association has partnered with Rising Sun Energy Center to offer free energy efficiency services in your condominium units. Appointments are available :Tuesday, July 15 to Friday, July 19, 2008 between 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. During that week, a professional team of Youth Energy Specialists will be at Watergate providing free energy audits and services. They can exchange your old inefficient light bulbs with energy-saving compact fluorescents of the same brightness and light quality.They are also able to check for leaks in your toilets, measure your water flow, and install free showerheads and water-saving aerators if necessary.They can provide a basic energy efficiency education and will leave an “Energy Saving Tips” refrigerator magnet and other documentation about their visit. If you will be home during the above times and would like to arrange an appointment, or if you would like the service but must reschedule for another time, please call Rising Sun Energy Center at 510-665-1501 between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.You may also sign up for an appointment at the Clipper Club.If there is great interest, we will extend the service period another week. Rising Sun Energy Center 2033 Center Street Berkeley, CA94704 www.risingsunenergy.org FREE Energy Saving Equipment ·Compact fluorescent light bulbs to replace your old incandescent bulbs ·Multi-function, high pressure, water efficient showerheads ·Efficient kitchen and bathroom faucet heads …and more! CYES Helps Your Community ·You save money on your PG&E bill ·Local young adults receive valuable green job training
Watergate Has Access to Zipcar!
Watergate Gets Car-Sharing! The addition of a fifth car-sharing pod on the Watergate Peninsula has made citywide car-sharing a reality in Emeryville. Through its unique partnership with the Emeryville TMA, Zipcar has placed another hybrid car at the Watergate Office Towers.The car, located in the surface parking lot adjacent to the main entry to the office complex and the 1900 Tower building, is available and accessible 24/7 to both employees and residents along the Peninsula. With cars on the Peninsula, at the Public Market, at Emery Station/Amtrak, and on 53rd and 45th Streets, car-sharing is now accessible to everyone in Emeryville within a short walk or via the Emery Go Round. The program, which began with four cars late last fall, already has over 150 Emeryville workers and residents using the fuel-efficient hybrids for business and personal use.Car-sharing offers access to vehicles when they’re needed, charging members only for their reservation/actual usage.A flat, hourly rate covers gas, up to 180 miles per day, insurance, and maintenance.Research proves that each car-share takes 15 to 20 vehicles off the road.Access to a car-share also increases use of public transit and other non-driving modes of transportation; reduces car ownership and vehicular trips among members. In addition to being the first city in the Bay Area to offer citywide car-sharing, Emeryville is also the first to have on-street parking for two of its cars. Employees who work in Emeryville are eligible for free membership ($75 in savings) in Zipcar and reduced hourly rates for car use. Residents have the same access to cars at market rates (currently $9/hour).Zipcar will also waive the $50 membership fee for Emeryville residents joining the program between now and June 30th.
Our E-Waste collection event in January was very successful.We collected 79 CRT’s(T.V.’s and computer monitors), which are the most toxic e-waste, and we collected another 900 pounds of miscellaneous items, such as printers and other peripherals, phones, etc. If you would like more information what happens to this waste, go to the company’s website, www.noewaste.com. The company is expanding what it will except to include household batteries, florescent bulbs and microwaves, so at next January’s event it will be easier than ever for you to get rid of your hazardous waste responsibly. These types of collection events are being advertised and held all over our area regularly these days, so look for them if you don’t want to wait until January. You also can take your waste to the recyclers directly. Go to StopWaste.org’s website or consult their Recycling Guide for information.
Interesting Recycling and Green Articles from Past Hatchcover Newsletters
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