During our last day at the Summer Concert Series, the Environmental Services Division held a "Stump the Staff" contest in which residents asked staff questions relating to Environmental issues. Here are the winners along with their questions and our answers:
Paula Curty, Winner of the Belkin Conserv Valet
Q: What is the best way to deal with a hazmat chemical spills at home?
A: Buy absorbent material from Home Depot or Lowes to clean up the spill. Put the contaminated materials in a container for disposal at an L.A. County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event.
Daily Baez, Winner of the Black and Decker Water Wand and Spray Nozzle
Q: Where can I recycle old oil and electronics?
A: Recycle old oil and electronics at an L.A. County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event. Electronics can also be recycled at the Covina Chamber of Commerce E-Waste Event held quarterly at Covina Home Depot. Uncontaminated used motor oil can be recycled at 4 Covina collection centers – see “Recycling” section for a list of collection centers
The City of Covina, Environmental Services Section, applied for a Household Hazardous Waste Sharps Grant from CalRecycle and was awarded the grant on May 15, 2013. The award included the receipt and installation of a sharps kiosk and a supply of sharps containers for Covina city residents. Sharps are needles, syringes, and lancets.
Kiosk Location: In Front of Covina City Hall, 125 E. College Street, Covina, CA 91723
The City of Covina is required, by State mandate, to protect the health and safety of the public while ensuring that the wastewater collection systems and treatment plants are not unduly impacted by discharges from industrial users.
An industrial user is a discharger of any water bearing waste other than domestic wastewater or of wastewater generated from household-type operations performed at commercial establishments for, or to support, commercial purposes. Businesses that are industrial users are required to obtain a Non-Domestic Wastewater Disposal Permit from the City of Covina.
Existing and new businesses in the City of Covina are required to review the requirements set forth in the Industrial Waste Program Ordinance as specified by Ordinance No. 08-1953 and amended with Ordinance No. 10-1982 in Title 13 of the Covina Municipal Code and determine if they are required to comply with the ordinance. Examples of businesses that are required to apply for an industrial wastewater discharge permit are (but not limited to) metal finishing and plating shops, car washes, food service establishments, (restaurants, supermarkets, bakeries, etc.) laundries and printed circuit board manufacturers.
The Environmental Services Section's goals are to achieve the highest possible level of environmental quality for Covina residents and businesses and to comply with all state and federal environmental regulations affecting Covina. These are accomplished by implementing beneficial, cost effective and convenient environmental and waste management programs.
Major Responsibilities of the Environmental Services Section