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Recycle Batteries at the Curb or at City Hall

Single-family residents in the RethinkWaste service area (including Redwood City) can conveniently recycle household batteries and cell phones at the curb. BE SURE to look at Recology’s website at for instructions.

And…you can also recycle these items at City Hall in Redwood City! We’ve set up a couple of bins in the lobby at City Hall (1017 Middlefield Road) so that you can bring your old household batteries (NOT car batteries!) and old cell phones for recycling. Recology will periodically pick them up for appropriate disposition – keeping them out of the landfill. The heavy metals or toxic components of batteries such as cadmium, nickel, zinc, mercury, manganese, lead and lithium are separated and recycled. Cell phones are reused or recycled.

Batteries and cell phones are now classified as Universal Waste and are banned from disposal with garbage and must be handled properly. They both contain toxic materials such as arsenic, lead, cadmium, mercury and many other materials that threaten human health and the environment.

For information on how and where to recycle other materials, please visit and


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Art on the Square Seeks Artists

Calling all fine artists and crafters!

The 2011 application for artists and crafters is available now, for Redwood City’s Art on the Square which takes place at selected Downtown events this summer and fall.

To apply to show your art at Art on the Square, go to, click on “Art” and then on “Download Application” on the right side of the page. 

Applications are due no later than 30 days prior to each show.  For example, if you want to apply for the June 17 show, your application must be recieved no later than May 17.

2011 Art on the Square dates:
• June 17 with Music on the Square
• July 8, Jewelry on the Square with Music on the Square
• July 22/23 with Music on the Square and the PAL Blues Festival
• August 26 with Music on the Square
• September 23/24 with Music on the Square and the Redwood City Salsa Festival

For more information about applying to participate in Art on the Square, contact Julie Goodenough or Beth Mostovoy:

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Volunteer Opportunities on City Web Calendar

In case you haven’t visited it lately, you might want to go to Redwood City’s online calendar of events at – and in particular I encourage you to take a look at the updated “Volunteering” feature.

On the left side of the page, click on the “Show: All Categories” menu button, then select “Show: Volunteering” from the pull down menu. That filters the calendar to show only volunteer opportunities.

Right now you’ll see mostly the City’s own volunteer opportunities, from Library help to Parks cleanup, from coaching sports to Project READ, and more. Later it’ll have opportunities from non-profits and other agencies. You’ll also note that many of the listed volunteer opportunities are not date-specific, but are open-ended meaning that you can choose your project, and join in when you want, at the time and date of your choosing – just by contacting the person listed in the post.

Finally, if you are part of a non-profit or other group in Redwood City, I encourage you to submit your volunteer opportunities (and of course any other events or activities) to the calendar! If you don’t have any date-specific volunteer opportunities coming up, but seek volunteers in a more general open-ended way, I am happy to put a generic “volunteers needed” calendar item in for your group each month, for at least the rest of the year. That way, when someone goes to the calendar and sorts by volunteer opportunities, they’ll see that you are seeking volunteers in general – no matter when they access it, and even if it’s not related to a specific, dated event. So please take a look at, find a great volunteer opportunity, and/or post your own opportunities.

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