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Zero Waste Is A Goal And Plan

Zero Waste Humboldt’s mission is to reduce waste in Humboldt County, California. The organization formed to fill a void in science-based and creative problem-solving for waste reduction in industry and commerce, government, schools, community organizations, and homes.

Inspired by the natural beauty and cultures of the Redwood Coast region, Zero Waste Humboldt assembles extraordinary teams of experts to produce the best solutions for local waste.

Emphasizing resource conservation, waste prevention and achieving highest and best use of materials diverted from disposal, we have adopted the international Zero Waste Principles as the foundation for our work. We welcome you to join us!

Bayside Beach Cafe

ZWH wants to feature Humboldt businesses that are models for implementing the zero waste commitment. Among the Humboldt County Zero Waste early adopters are the Beachcomber Cafes in Trinidad and Bayside.

Their commitment to waste reduction practices throughout their business, inspires their customers. If you know of inspiring local waste reduction models, notify us at contact@ zerowastehumboldt.org so that we can showcase them.

Zero Waste Zebra

Zero Waste Zebras is a new youth program with fun projects and activities for local kids to learn about the zero waste philosophy and methods. Cub Scout Pack 95 of Arcata is ZWH’s first test group.

Once they have achieved a certain level of understanding about zero waste, they will participate in community parades with the beautiful green & white striped Zero Waste Zebras made by local artists and ZWH volunteers at Scrap Humboldt.

Look for them at the All Species Parade at the North Country Fair in September.

Co-op Plastics and Packaging Analysis:
Plastics and packaging for food and beverages has become increasingly difficult for purchasing agents and business owners who want to reduce waste and carbon footprint. In a strategic partnership with the North Coast Co-op, this summer, ZWH initiated an analysis of plastics and packaging in the Arcata Store’s Prepared Foods Section.  Lead researcher, HSU Chemistry Dept. Lecturer, Dr. Julie Layshock, will present a summary of this packaging analysis at the Co-op’s Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, October 17th. The next phase for this analysis will be shopper education and producing an on-line decision making guide for all Humboldt businesses that package and serve food and beverages.

Co-op Plastics and Packaging Analysis:

Plastics and packaging for food and beverages has become increasingly difficult for purchasing agents and business owners who want to reduce waste and carbon footprint. In a strategic partnership with the North Coast Co-op, this summer, ZWH initiated an analysis of plastics and packaging in the Arcata Store’s Prepared Foods Section.

Lead researcher, HSU Chemistry Dept. Lecturer, Dr. Julie Layshock, will present a summary of this packaging analysis at the Co-op’s Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, October 17th.

The next phase for this analysis will be shopper education and producing an on-line decision making guide for all Humboldt businesses that package and serve food and beverages.

Insidious Microplastic: Here's a Message from Californians Against Waste
Last year, the State Senate was one vote short of banning plastic microbeads. This year, we need you to urge your State Senator to vote yes on AB 888, which the Associated Press calls one of the nation’s toughest bans on this harmful water pollution. Billions of these tiny pieces of plastic are intentionally added to toothpaste, facial scrubs and other personal products, which are designed to be washed down the drain and into our rivers and oceans. Dentists are finding them in patient’s gumlines. Recent studies are finding microplastics in tuna and other fish that humans eat.  And now, the plankton that form the base of much of the marine food chain can be seen eating microplastics. With your support, this long overdue legislation has passed the State Assembly.

 Mark Murray, Executive Director, Californians Against Waste

Insidious Microplastic: Here’s a Message from Californians Against Waste. Last year, the State Senate was one vote short of banning plastic microbeads.

This year, we need you to urge your State Senator to vote yes on AB 888, which the Associated Press calls one of the nation’s toughest bans on this harmful water pollution. Billions of these tiny pieces of plastic are intentionally added to toothpaste, facial scrubs and other personal products, which are designed to be washed down the drain and into our rivers and oceans.

Dentists are finding them in patient’s gumlines. Recent studies are finding microplastics in tuna and other fish that humans eat. And now, the plankton that form the base of much of the marine food chain can be seen eating microplastics.

With your support, this long overdue legislation has passed the State Assembly.
Mark Murray, Executive Director, Californians Against Waste

Join the ZWH crew at the North Country Fair on September 19-20, 2015! 
Comprehensive Zero Waste services at the Fair, including waste reduction, recycling, and composting will be led by Nancy Stevens, board member of both Zero Waste Humboldt and the North Country Fair’s Same Old People, Inc.  ZWH applauds the North Country Fair board’s leadership and commitment for being Humboldt County’s first large outdoor event to adopt a zero waste policy. To successfully reduce waste, it takes full commitment of the Fair vendors, the fairgoers, and a large well-trained crew to do the work of helping vendors, monitoring and assisting the public at the Plaza’s six stations, and measuring & checking quality at the recyclables sort station. ZWH volunteers usually work 3-hour shifts at the Fair. Dates for a 1-hour volunteer training are offered on Sunday, Sept. 13th at 10am on the Arcata Plaza or Wednesday, Sept. 16th at 5:30pm. Get your family, friends, and co-workers to sign up for a volunteer shift with you by email at zwhvolunteers@gmail.com.

Join the ZWH crew at the North Country Fair on September 19-20, 2015!

Comprehensive Zero Waste services at the Fair, including waste reduction, recycling, and composting will be led by Nancy Stevens, board member of both Zero Waste Humboldt and the North Country Fair’s Same Old People, Inc. ZWH applauds the North Country Fair board’s leadership and commitment for being Humboldt County’s first large outdoor event to adopt a zero waste policy.

To successfully reduce waste, it takes full commitment of the Fair vendors, the fairgoers, and a large well-trained crew to do the work of helping vendors, monitoring and assisting the public at the Plaza’s six stations, and measuring & checking quality at the recyclables sort station.

ZWH volunteers usually work 3-hour shifts at the Fair. Dates for a 1-hour volunteer training are offered on Sunday, Sept. 13th at 10am on the Arcata Plaza or Wednesday, Sept. 16th at 5:30pm.

Get your family, friends, and co-workers to sign up for a volunteer shift with you by email at zwhvolunteers@gmail.com.

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Thank you, Jane!

After its Wednesday, May 13, 2015 directors meeting, the Zero Waste...