Carlsbad, CA –Here’s our round up of stories in the City of Carlsbad this week, including:
New trash hauler in 2022
- Rattlesnake safety
- Climate Action Plan on track
- Earth Month events
- Flag drop-off boxes
- Summer camp sign ups
- Topics for next week’s City Council meeting
- Carlsbad Reads Together events
- Carlsbad Works
- Changes to rail service this weekend
- New North County transportation survey
Republic Services will take over trash, recycling and organics collection in 2022
Republic Services will handle trash, recycling, and organics collection and processing in Carlsbad beginning July 1, 2022, when the city’s current contract with Waste Management expires. The City Council selected Republic Services following a competitive bidding process for a 10-year contract. The city received two proposals, one from Republic and one from EDCO.
When it’s time, Republic will swap out collection bins at homes and businesses with new ones without disruption of services. Other services such as household hazardous waste and electronic waste disposal will continue to be offered.
Rattlesnakes more active in spring
With spring comes warmer temperatures and reminders from public safety officials to be aware of rattlesnakes becoming more active.
What to do in the event of a snake bite:
- Call 9-1-1
- Stay calm but act quickly
- Remove watches, rings, etc., which may constrict swelling
- Wait for emergency responders to arrive
Read more tips and dos and don’ts in snake country.
Carlsbad on track to achieve 2035 Climate Action Plan goals
The City of Carlsbad is on track to achieve the goals outlined in its Climate Action Plan, including meeting statewide greenhouse gas emission targets by 2035. The report given to the City Council on April 13 outlined 18 months of Climate Action Plan activities and actions that reduce emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and water vapor.
Highlights include:Added the Clean Energy Alliance, Carlsbad’s community choice energy program as a new GHG reduction measureInstalled an electrical vehicle charging station at Aviara, purchased 22 hybrid police vehicles and began exploring other energy efficiency retrofits Launched the Carlsbad Green Business Network to support local small-to-medium businesses with sustainability programs
Celebrate sustainability during Earth Month in April
Earth Month activities are back! Carlsbad residents are invited to join the city in celebrating Earth Month with events and activities designed to help you reduce your impact on the environment and live more sustainably. Upcoming events include:
- E-Waste Drop-Off – Saturday, April 17 Waste Management Buyback Center, 5960 El Camino Real, Carlsbad
- Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off – Saturday, April 17
- Stericycle Collection Facility, 1145 E. Taylor St., Vista Virtual Composting WorkshopSaturday, April 17, 10 a.m. Register
- Virtual Lunch & Learn: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions Monday, April 19, 12 p.m. Register
- Virtual Lunch & Learn: Protecting our lagoons and oceans Tuesday, April 20, 12 p.m. Register
- Virtual Lunch & Learn: Protecting our plants and animals Wednesday, April 21, 12 p.m. Register
- Virtual Lunch & Learn: Reducing waste Thursday, April 22, 12 p.m. Register
- Virtual Live Home Waste Reduction Demonstration Thursday, April 22, 10 a.m. Register
Flag drop-off boxes
Wondering what to do with an old, tattered American flag? The Cole and Dove libraries both have flag drop boxes so residents can make sure their old flags have a proper retirement. Keep an eye out for the drop boxes, which look like big, red mailboxes, outside both libraries. The boxes are available 24/7.
Summer camp registration now open
|Let them get messy, try a new sport, sew a garment, experiment in the kitchen or just be a kid this summer! Laughter is guaranteed. Register for Carlsbad summer camps today! See full camp guide|
City Council look ahead
The agenda for the next City Council meeting on 4/20 is now available. Topics will include:
- Repairing damaged sidewalks, curbs, gutters and ramps on Levante Street and El Camino Real
- A contract for custodial services for the restrooms at city parks
- A project to improve safety for pedestrians at Tamarack Avenue at Valley Street
- Purchasing new water meters for the Carlsbad Municipal Water District
- Removing weeds and trash from private properties to reduce hazards
- Authorizing negotiations related to a piece of property at the power plant site and city-owned property at The Shoppes parking lot, based on the city’s existing agreement with NRG and SDG&E.
- Appointing three people to Carlsbad’s Historic Preservation Commission
Meeting starts at 3 p.m. Sign up by 2 p.m. if you want to provide live comments by phone. Otherwise, you can send your comment via email.
Upcoming Carlsbad Reads Together events
Who do you think WE are? Learn about the genealogy collection and programs available through the library for telling your ancestors’ stories and creating a family history narrative. This presentation on April 22 at 5:30 p.m. will cover accessing the library’s genealogy resources and include a case study illustrating how the genealogy collection at Cole Library was used to unravel a family mystery. The Human Library is a library where real people are the books and reading is a conversation! Living books (people with a particular life experience or story to tell) are available for you to “check out” for a specific borrowing time period on April 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. Every “book” represents a group in our society that is often subjected to prejudice or discrimination because of their lifestyle, diagnosis, belief, disability, social status, ethnic origin, etc. Read more
Carlsbad Works: Helping keep parks clean
No rail service from Solana Beach to San Diego April 17-20
The San Diego Association of Governments and North County Transit District will suspend all coastal rail line service between Solana Beach and Santa Fe Depot starting this weekend, April 17-20. No passenger or freight trains will operate beginning early Saturday morning through early Tuesday morning.
The service suspension is necessary for emergency repairs to the Del Mar Bluffs.
North County transportation needs
The San Diego Association of Governments is working on a transportation plan specifically for North County that will connect Carlsbad, Vista, Oceanside, San Marcos and Escondido. In their plan to design affordable, convenient and cleaner transportation choices, they’re looking for the community’s input. Check out SANDAG’s virtual engagement hub and take their transportation priorities survey now through April 30.