Thursday, April 11, 2013

Hazardous Waste Recycling

Mesa residents looking for a way to get rid of old cans of paint, batteries, pesticides, electronics, tires and prescription drugs are invited to bring these and other household hazardous waste materials to City sponsored collection events.

The next event will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 20 at the Center Street Facility, 2412 N. Center St. (Center Street, north of McKellips).  There is no cost to take advantage of this service.  Household hazardous waste will only be accepted during the event dates and times and residents are asked to remain in their vehicles and refrain from smoking at all times while at the collection site.

Waste should be sealed in its original container if possible, and unmarked containers should be labeled if the contents are known.

Acceptable items:

  • Paint, polishes & varnishes
  • Fuel additives
  • Pool chemicals
  • Paint-related materials
  • Smoke detectors
  • Aerosol cans
  • Adhesives
  • Motor oil
  • Antifreeze
  • Appliances (limit 2)
  • Gasoline & propane tanks
  • Batteries
  • Mercury
  • Pesticides
  • Electronics – TVs, computers, etc.
  • Transmission fluid
  • Automotive tires (limit 5); rims are accepted if the tire has been removed
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Prescription & non-prescription drugs
For more information, call City of Mesa Customer Service at (480) 644-2221 or visit

Friday, April 5, 2013

Help Elevate Life for Pets

This is an update to a posting I made in 2010.

H.E.L.P has moved to Las Vegas.

H.E.L.P. is a non-profit, no kill, no cage animal shelter. They are now located at at 4008 N. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada 89130 U.S.A  tel: 702-238-4638. Their Nationwide H.E.L.P. Office is also located at 4008 N. Decatur Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89130.

Their website is available to answer common questions that the public may have regarding pet adoption, their facilities and mission. At the FAQ’s page you will find useful answers and information to help you decide what pet is right for you and what you should know before you decide to adopt. Once you have gone through the FAQ’s you can move on to the Adopt a Pet Page where you are sure to fall in love with one of the many pets available.

If you or your friends have pets that you cannot keep for any reason whatsoever but they are healthy and easily adoptable, they have created a match up service where people are looking to adopt good and healthy pets. Please call 623-934-5406 where you can list your pet for adoption or to find a good and loving pet for yourself.  You may also add your pet to the Adopt A Pet page by submitting your info and a photo when you click here.

There are a number of alternatives available for spaying, neutering, vaccinations, and in the adoption of dogs and cats. Check out the Spay/Neuter Hotline here.

For feral cats, check for help with capturing and having them spayed and neutered.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

April Landscape Watering Reminder

Aprils watering reminder from the City of Mesa:

April seems to be jumping ahead to our typical May temperatures of the lower 90's for the highs and 60's overnight.

April through June is typically our dryer period with low humidity and little chance of rain as temperatures warm up. It is a critical time to be providing irrigation as many plants are flushing out with new growth. Find our checklist for the month, Prepare Your Landscape for Summer's Sizzle!

There is so much happening in April – be sure to check out the bonus tips below.

These recommendations are for plants that are established in the landscape (in the ground about 2 years).

Lawn watering:
                Summer grass (Bermuda) - once every 7 days
                Overseeded cool season grass (rye) - once every 4 days

If trees and shrubs are on the same valve:
                Desert Adapted – once every 20 days
                High Water Use – once every 10 days
Tree watering:
                Desert Adapted – once every 24 days
                High Water Use – once every 12 days

Shrub watering:
                Desert Adapted – once every 16 days
                High Water Use – once every 8 days

Groundcover and vine watering:
                Desert Adapted – once every 16 days
                High Water Use – once every 8 days

Cacti and succulent watering – once every 28 days

Annuals watering – once every 4 days

Native wildflowers – once every 7 days

Note: These recommendations are a general guideline only and may need to be modified for your specific site conditions.