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The Right Way to Dispose of Old Batteries

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Did you know that throwing your old batteries out with your trash or recycling can pose a serious hazard to waste haulers?  Workers like Teresa Montgomery’s crew at South San Francisco Scavenger are at risk when batteries end up loose in a recycling or trash cart.  That’s why County Environmental Health Services has partnered with the various haulers to educate communities on how to properly dispose of old, dead batteries.  Their publication, “Final Resting Place” is chock-full of great information, including helpful articles and graphics to easily show readers the FOUR EASY STEPS that will get your batteries to the right place and make sure they don’t catch fire or explode!  Essentially, you want to:
 

  1. Collect all of your household batteries that you are done using in a clear plastic zip-top bag
  2. Tape the terminals and contacts on your lithium-ion and 9-volt batteries so they do not spark
  3. Zip the clear plastic zip-top bag when it is at least halfway full and ready for collection
  4. Place the bag of batteries on top of the gray garbage cart


Read the full publication here.
 

Press Release: City of Brisbane Customers Save $304,000

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City of Brisbane Customers Save $304,000
Earn National Recognition for Commitment to Clean Energy

 

Brisbane, CA ­­­– April 16, 2019 – City of Brisbane customers saved $304,000 on their electricity bills in 2018 with Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE), while also earning national recognition for their commitment to renewable energy.

 

“Our City Council voted three years ago to form Peninsula Clean Energy so that customers can enjoy cleaner energy at lower rates. We are proud to deliver on that promise,” said Mayor Madison Davis, who represents the City of Brisbane on Peninsula Clean Energy’s Board of Directors.

                       

Peninsula Clean Energy consistently sets its rates at 5% below PG&E’s electricity generation rates for its ECOplus product, resulting in millions of dollars of savings annually across its 290,000 customers. More than 97 percent of San Mateo County households and businesses purchase their electricity through Peninsula Clean Energy, and collectively saved an estimated $18 million in 2018.

 

This year the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized City of Brisbane as a Green Power Partner, based on its commitment to purchase 100 percent renewable energy for  municipal operations through PCE’s voluntary ECO100 program.

 

The EPA also recognized the city as a new member of its national Green Power Community program, based on community members’ use of PCE’s ECOplus clean energy mix containing at least 50 percent renewable energy.

 

Peninsula Clean Energy exceeds not only the EPA’s clean energy targets, but also California’s ambitious goals. PCE plans to provide 100 percent renewable energy by 2025, while the statewide goal is currently set at 60 percent renewable by 2030.

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About the City of Brisbane

Brisbane is a small city on the San Francisco Peninsula in Northern California, located on the lower slopes of San Bruno Mountain. Incorporated in 1961 and known as the “City of Stars”, Brisbane is currently home to approximately 4,700 residents and a vibrant business community of 7,000 employees. The Brisbane Community cares deeply about a wide variety of issues surrounding sustainability, and has a long-established citizen advisory committee known as the Open Space and Ecology Committee that addresses climate actions and preservation of natural habitat and resources. Brisbane adopted a Climate Action Plan in 2015 and has numerous other policies, plans, and programs to address open space, water, energy, and climate. The City has installed a roof-mounted photovoltaics system, a rain garden, and a bioswale at City Hall, solar thermal at the Community Pool, and performed a number of energy efficiency upgrades throughout City facilities. Most streetlights were converted to LED in 2011 and the City installed a Level 3 (“fast”) Electric Vehicle Charging Station in 2018. Brisbane participates in Peninsula Clean Energy, San Mateo County’s Community Choice Energy Program, and has “opted up” to their 100% renewable ECO100 product for all municipal operations.


Media Contact
Caroline Cheung
City of Brisbane
ccheung@brisbaneca.org
M: (628) 219-2919

 

About Peninsula Clean Energy

Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) is San Mateo County’s official electricity provider. PCE (www.PeninsulaCleanEnergy.com) is a public not-for-profit local community choice energy agency that provides all electric customers in San Mateo County with cleaner electricity at lower rates than those charged by the local incumbent utility. PCE is estimated to save customers more than $18 million a year. PCE, formed in March 2016, is a joint powers authority made up of the County of San Mateo and all 20 cities and towns in the County. PCE serves approximately 290,000 accounts.

 

Media Contact
Kirsten Andrews-Schwind
Peninsula Clean Energy
kandrews-schwind@peninsulacleanenergy.com
M: (650) 260-0096
 

PG&E's Community Wildfire Safety Program

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Starting on or about April 15, 2019, all PG&E electric customers will be receiving a letter or an email letting them know that, as a last resort, PG&E may need to turn off their power for safety when extreme fire danger conditions are forecasted.  This is a part of PG&E Community Wildfire Safety Program.  Click here for a copy of the letter and here for PG&E's Public Safety Power Shutoff fact sheet.

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Expansion of their Public Safety Power Shutoff program will begin with the 2019 wildfire season to include all electric lines that pass through high fire-threat areas – both distribution and transmission.

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PG&E is encouraging all residents to update their contact info by visiting pge.com/mywildfirealerts today to make sure PG&E can provide customers with advance notice prior to turning off the power.  They will also provide updates until power is restored.  Other valuable items to consider doing now:

  • Identify backup charging methods for phones and keep hard copies of emergency numbers.
  • Plan for any medical needs like medications that need to be refrigerated or devices that require power.
  • Build or restock your emergency kit with flashlights, fresh batteries, first aid supplies and cash.


Thank you for your cooperation in this important safety & communication effort!
 

Summer College Internships

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College Students: Wondering what to do this summer? Why not consider one of our Summer College Internships? We have 5 opportunities available this year. Apply at www.calopps.org/city-of-brisbane.
 

April 2019 Marina News

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marinalogoClick here to read the April 2019 Marina Newsletter

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