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Zero Waste Humboldt writes advocacy letter regarding California Health Code # 114353

Zero Waste Humboldt is in support of changing California Health Code #114353, which prohibits the use of certain reusable items at outdoor festivals and events. Recently we sent in a letter to the California Conference of Directors of Environmental Health to begin the movement to change this rule. Help us change this policy by writing and calling in! Go to our Get Involved page for a letter template and more information. 

Press Release: Zero Waste Humboldt Supports SB 1335

Solid Waste in Food Service Packaging

Zero Waste Humboldt supports SB1335, a California bill that would prohibit a state-owned facility from providing food service packaging that isn’t reusable, recyclable, or compostable. Read our press release HERE to learn more. 

Plastic Free July Beach Cleanup

Samoa Beach on Wednesday, July 25 2019, 3-5pm.

Help us fight plastic pollution and join Zero Waste Humboldt and the Northcoast Environmental Center for a Plastic Free July beach cleanup!

Wednesday, July 25th from 3pm-5pm at Samoa Power Poles! (Sharp u-turn just past the town of Samoa, look for our banners as you drive down New Navy Base Rd).

Cleanup Supplies and water will be provided! This is a Zero Waste event!

Zero Waste Path Workshop

Workshop for Humboldt businesses on August 3

Local Zero Waste trainers have put together a special workshop this August 3 at the Bayside Community Hall from 9am-4pm. Everyone from owners to custodial staff can learn from this highly valuable seminar, which will include information on reducing waste, reducing operating costs, tracking waste, employee training, reuse, composting, and more.

Seminar is $175/person and includes lunch and training materials. See flyer below for more information. We hope to see you there! 

Plastic Free July 2018

July 1st marks the beginning of 2018’s Plastic Free July!

Plastic Free July is a yearly campaign aimed at eliminating single-use plastics. Individuals can participate in a variety of ways, from accepting the plastic-free challenge (sign up HERE), choosing to refuse plastics in restaurants, communicating with their local businesses, or joining a beach cleanup. If you own a business, you can also choose to not serve single-use plastics this month.

This year, Zero Waste Humboldt encourages you to sign up for the challenge, and send us photos or stories of how your plastic-free month went. We would love to share your experience with others and work together towards a plastic-free future. If you are a business choosing not to give out a particular single-use product this month, let us know how many straws, cups, or utensils you saved from our oceans. If you join a beach cleanup, send us photos of the plastic you found. Together, we’ll make an impact.

When posting photos for Plastic Free July, be sure to tag #plasticfreejuly, #choosetorefuse, and #nec (for the Northcoast Environmental Center, a Plastic Free July organizer for Humboldt County).

Plastic Bag Law Implementation

(12/15/16 Update)

  • 80+ stores in Humboldt County’s unincorporated areas are in at least one of the store categories required to comply with the new law. Many stores prepared in advance and are already in compliance. Some stores are getting ready to comply with the new system while others are out of compliance.
  • Many Humboldt County shoppers have already used reusable shopping and takeout bags for decades. Many local shoppers are learning to adopt the new habit of reusable bags for shopping or restaurant food takeout. Single use bags were introduced to shoppers in the 1970’s. Prior to then, stores put shoppers’ purchases in paper bags.
  • To assist Humboldt stores and shoppers adjusting to the new system of reusable bagsZero Waste Humboldt will initiate a program of assistance and information tailored for local stores and a multimedia public education campaign in January 2017.
  • What are the benefits of the new reusable bag law?
    The many hidden costs to local government and environmental quality will be greatly reduced. Single use plastic bags (film plastics) have caused problems for Humboldt County’s street storm drains, wildlife, highway litter, and recycling operations for 40 years. There are no local manufacturers that recycle film plastic to make their products. Nationwide and in Humboldt County, only about 3% of plastic bags are actually recycled, and due to contamination, much of these bags are disposed.
  • Why is there a 10 cent charge for paper and reusable bags?
    Remember that single-use plastic bags were never really free. Stores rolled the cost they paid per plastic bag into the price of groceries, meaning that even people who bring their own bags to the store were paying for other shoppers’ plastic bags.   The 10 cent charge will:
  • –Offset the greater cost of paper and reusable bags for the grocers/retailers.
  • –Ensure that customers who bring their own bags don’t have to supplement the cost of other shoppers’ use of the wasteful single-use bags anymore.
  • –Encourage waste prevention through the use of reusable bags.