Sonoma County Sets its sights on zero wasteFrom working to return composting facilities to Sonoma County to reducing single-use plastics, 350 Sonoma is focused on achieving zero waste. Stay tuned as we track the issues to keep you informed and provide opportunities to take action.
Zero Waste Action Group
Some of our current initiatives are:
- bringing composting facilities back to Sonoma County
- reducing single-use plastics such as straws, beverage lids, etc.
- working in coalition with other environmental, environmental-justice, and labor groups to bring a green and labor-friendly garbage hauler to Santa Rosa.
Hello Earth Enthusiasts! Please spread the word about Santa Rosa Earth Day. This will be a fun Zero Waste volunteer opportunity, particularly for middle school, high school, or college students and teachers that you know. Enthusiastic students make great Zero Waste ambassadors! Sign up to help with compost and recycling stations at the celebration. We want to give students a chance to sign up first. It will be super fun and a great community service opportunity! For the first time ever, this will be a Zero Waste event, and we need your help to make it happen. I am giving the first sign-up opportunity to middle school, high school, and college volunteers.
Volunteers will help monitor the compost/ recycling/ trash stations so that materials go in the correct bin. As a volunteer, you will help people sort their waste items (we will provide you with gloves and grabbers). This is a wonderful opportunity to participate in educating the public about how to sort waste at home so that we don’t send valuable recyclables and compostables to the landfill. AND, all volunteers get a free Santa Rosa Earth Day Volunteer t-shirt and reusable water bottle.
Click on this link to sign up: http://signup.com/go/VHVOMJz (you will not need to create an account to sign up). Shifts are either from 11:00-1:00pm, 1:00-3:00pm or 3:00-5:00 pm.
We will have our next Zero Waste Action Group meeting on Monday, April 2nd, 6:30-8:00pm in Sebastopol. We focus on spreading the word and community organizing. We have so many exciting things to talk about and plan for! Email 350SonomaCounty@gmail.com for location.
Good news! Santa Rosa just approved a contract with Recology, choosing it to be its new garbage hauler. Recology has an excellent record both as a responsible steward of the environment and a company concerned with the well-being of its employees.
350 Sonoma worked closely with North Bay Jobs with Justice to encourage city councilors to choose a waste hauler with a strong track record of fair and safe employment practices, and a sustainable, zero-waste approach. We know that rates will increase to reflect the added costs fair wages and cleaner trucks and practices. The result will be rates in line with our region, better jobs, safer working conditions AND keeping key resources out of the landfill. Other cities working with a zero-waste philosophy have significantly reduced landfill requirements and spurred local economic growth by utilizing resources previously discarded.
Watch this space! 350 Sonoma is part of two coalitions working towards improving waste management in the county, the Compost Coalition working to bring a local compost facility back, and the Zero Waste Task Force, working with other community groups to get Sonoma County cities to adopt zero waste policies.
What is Plastic Free July? It’s a challenge to all of us to refuse single-use plastic! It’s not all that easy – straws, bags, plastic lids all get delivered to us automatically, so you have to remember to ask to NOT receive them (and shouldn’t it be the other way around?) Take the pledge here and learn about ideas for avoiding junk plastics. We have found it (mostly) pretty easy to avoid plastic bottles, cups, straws and bags by carrying our own. What do you do to avoid junk plastic?