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Photo of goats.

Goats control weeds at many County properties, reducing the need for herbicides.

Toxics Reduction

To protect the health of residents and employees as well as the environment, Alameda County is committed to reducing the use of toxics, such as pesticides and cleaners. The Board of Supervisors has provided leadership in toxics reduction by passing a Persistent Bioaccumulative Toxics Resolution and an Integrated Pest Management Policy. Actions to reduce toxics include:

  • Specifying low-mercury lighting and building components
  • Implementing integrated pest management, such as goats for weed control
  • Using green janitorial cleaners