Last year while facing a record-breaking drought, a homeowner association on Bay Farm Island decided to do its part and take action. The community of more than 400 homes known as the Casitas Alameda Homeowners’ Association replaced 25,000 square feet of water-intensive lawn at Verdemar Drive and Catalina Avenue with new landscaping that saves water, increases biodiversity and prevents stormwater runoff. 


Take a break from all the election noise and join StopWaste for a fun, hands-on workshop this Saturday, Nov. 5. The event will take place at First Baptist Church, 1515 Santa Clara Ave., where StopWaste sheet-mulched a lawn into a garden about a year ago. 

The workshop will review the garden’s status and provide tips on weeds, plants and irrigation and how to create a sustainable, healthy and thriving garden. No sheet-mulching experience required. Tools will be provided. 


Alameda residents can dispose of hazardous household waste for free at a one-day drop off event on Sunday, July 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Alameda Point. 

The public is invited to bring old paint, computers, cell phones, leftover pesticides, herbicides, batteries, compact flourescent bulbs and more. To see the entire list of accepted materials and make a drop off appointment, visit