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Environmental Rebates Now Available

July 1, 2015

The City of Woodland Environmental Services division is pleased to announce the renewal of rebate funds for mulch, rain barrels, weather-based irrigation controllers, rain sensors, compost bins and vermicompost bins for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015.

Available rebates include:

  • $100 for plant-based mulch, installed to a minimum three-inch depth
  • $75 for a rain barrel, two rebates allowed per property
  • $150 for a weather-based irrigation controller, also called a WBIC or “smart controller”
  • $25 for a rain sensor for an existing irrigation controller
  • $100 for a backyard compost bin, limited to residents
  • $100 for a vermicompost bin, limited to residents

A good mulch can conserve water by significantly reducing moisture evaporation from the soil. Mulch also helps maintain healthy plants by moderating soil temperature, which keeps their roots cooler in summer and warmer in winter. In addition, it helps prevent soil compaction and reduces weed populations.

Rain barrels capture and store high-quality rainwater for later use in gardens, direct overflow water away from building foundations to desired locations, and divert water from storm drains. Stored rainwater is often used to irrigate landscaping because it is free of chlorine, calcium, and other minerals.

WBICs allow for more accurate customized irrigation by automatically adjusting a landscape’s irrigation schedule and water use in response to changing weather conditions. Landscapes are often overwatered by as much as 20-40%. Studies have shown that using a WBIC can reduce a household’s outdoor water use by about 20%. Rain sensors, also called rain shut-off devices, are small devices that turn off an automatic lawn irrigation system when it rains.

Composting is nature’s way of recycling. It provides a positive economic and environmental benefit by reducing yard waste in our streets and food waste in the landfill turning organic materials into rich soil amendments. Compost adds nutrients to our yards and gardens and helps control weeds and retain soil moisture.

Receipts must show a purchase date of July 1, 2015 or later to qualify. All rebates are on a first-come, first-served basis and will end when funds are exhausted. For more information, rebate requirements and applications, visit the City of Woodland rebates webpage ( or contact Environmental Services at (530) 661-2059 for availability.