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Recycle Rechargeable Batteries

It's next to impossible to recycle traditional alkaline batteries, so you've switched to rechargeable batteries. But at some point, even they stop working. Luckily, recycling rechargeable batteries is now easy.                      

  • Keeping bad stuff in one place. Recycling rechargeables prevents toxins from leaching into waterways and the air. From lithium to lead, many battery components can be recovered and reused.
  • It's easy as easy as dropping off old rechargeables at a participating retail store when you're picking up new ones.
  • It takes all kinds: car, laptop, and cell phone batteries included
  • How Stuff Works: learn how batteries are made.
  • Green Batteries: the rechargeable battery emporium for batteries, chargers, and accessories.


Kiss Your Lawn Goodbye: Switch to Native Plants

What do you plant when the grass is gone? You removed the grass. Or it died and you want to remove it. You want to go native -- everyone's doing it. And it's good for the birds and bees. But how? Here's a handy online tool to help you grow wildflowers and find drought-tolerant plants that birds and bees love!

Plant Finder

Before you say, hey, wait a minute, I'm in Pacifica or Half Moon Bay, not San Francisco. Check it out. We've got similar habitats here on the Coastside. This tool will help you pick plants, find places to buy those plants, and get help if you need even more information on how to make your yard drought-resistant and pollinator-friendly. Then watch the birds and bees enjoying your new yard!