Volume 5 | Issue 6 

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Navigating holiday waste in Hayward

Christmas tree, blankets, turkey, and food scraps with text that says "This Holiday Season Learn to Recycle Right!"

Knowing how to sort waste correctly is essential for a sustainable holiday experience. Learn how to properly dispose of holiday waste such as trees, food scraps, and more. Put your waste sorting knowledge to the test with our recycling quiz!

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East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) becomes Ava Community Energy

Wind turbines and Ava Community Energy logo

East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) is now Ava Community Energy! The name change is largely due to the expansion of service into the San Joaquin Valley. As a customer, your service and rates will not change and there is no action you need to take. 

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Hayward Household Hazardous Waste Facility open for walk-ins

Driver dropping off hazardous waste and text that reads "Hayward Household Hazardous Waste Facility, Drop-off service available at 2091 West Winton Ave, Hayward"

The Hayward Household Hazardous Waste Facility is now open for walk-ins, no drop-off appointments needed. Come in during operational hours to drop off e-waste, cooking oil and grease, motor oil, batteries, and more!

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Trash capture devices keep Hayward waterways green

100% Trash Reduction by 2025 - Trash Capture Device Installation

Hayward's trash capture devices keep litter out of waterways. Thanks to these devices, we've seen a 97.7% reduction in litter that flows into the Bay. Click on the image above to watch a video that explains how these devices work and how they are installed.

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Prepare for the Holidays with the Hayward Water Customer Portal 

Desktop and mobile device view of the Hayward Water Customer Portal

Leaving home for the holidays? Hosting guests? Read on to see how the Hayward water customer portal can help you track water use at home over the holidays. 

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Upcoming Events

Whimsical drawings of vegetables

Seeking ideas and inspiration to make the most of your food this holiday season? Check out this Seasonal Kitchen Guide produced by StopWaste and Food Shift for tips, recipes, and community wisdom to waste less, eat well, and save money. This guide includes recipes that highlight seasonal ingredients for each month so you can make the most of your fresh local produce. For the month of November, flip to page 14 and check out the Winter Squash Bread Pudding, a perfect addition to any holiday spread. On page 15 you can find the December Stuffed Sweet Potato recipe that can be customized to any occasion. Visit for these recipes and more.  

Garden with a rock -lined channel to funnel water to plants

This winter the Bay Area is predicted to have plenty of rain. Don’t let that water go to waste! Planting a rain garden can allow stormwater runoff to be absorbed into the soil. December 13th at 6:00pm, Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA) holds the webinar Garden Talks: Rain Garden hosted by the City of Menlo Park. This webinar, instructed by Chris Corvetti, will give you tips to start your rain garden no matter what size space you have available. Click here to register.  

The City of Hayward is holding a trash disposal day on December 9 at the City’s Transfer Station at 3455 Enterprise Ave. From 7:00am-12:00pm Hayward residents may drop off up to 5 cubic yards (about one pickup truck load) of household waste including furniture, mattresses and appliances. Online pre-registration is required. Please note that household hazardous waste will not be accepted. Visit our website for more details on acceptable items.  

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