Press release: EUREKA, CA – Businesses that support waste handling activities in Humboldt County are identified as “critically essential” under the current Covid-19 pandemic. Following local, state and federal declarations of emergency, Humboldt Sanitation, Humboldt Waste Management Authority (HWMA) and Recology have each modified operational schedules and practices to ensure the dependability of core essential services. Our primary focus is maintaining curbside collection services and disposal of garbage generated at our local transfer stations by Humboldt residents. In order adequately staff our modified operations, we have had to temporarily suspend portions of our business that do not represent critical infrastructure and essential services. CRV Buyback is one of those activities.
CRV buyback operations are typically very busy with close contact customer and employee interactions. Risks of exposure to coronavirus exist through the direct physical handling of used CRV beverage containers and cash payments to customers. Staff typically assigned to CRV are needed to support our modified operational schedules. There are also unusual obstacles in maintaining 6’ social distancing and ensuring face covering requirements. Making certain that onsite safety guidelines are followed by the public is beyond the scope of our employee’s duties. Because of these conditions, and the fact that there are other avenues of collection recyclable materials, buyback centers were closed in March and will continue to be closed.
We are actively monitoring conditions as the State of California and local governments move to relax the Shelter-In-Place orders. Humboldt Sanitation, HWMA and Recology will accept CRV containers when and if conditions allow. As operators responsible for handling Humboldt’s garbage and recyclables, we are committed to an incremental phased return of our non-essential services, and one that ensures the health and safety of our customers and employees during the pandemic, consistent with guidelines issued by the State of California’s Resilience Roadmap and public health officials.
With an increase in home activity due to COVID-19 and the shelter-in-place order, families and households are disposing of more waste than usual at home.
Our community’s curbside waste pickup service will continue to serve this essential community need due to the hardworking employees of Recology who continue to operate garbage and recycling trucks and the Materials Recovery Facility in Samoa. This service strives to operate as consistently as possible during a time when many things are uncertain. As we all are trying to find ways to support our community and give back in a time of need, we ask you to consider how proper waste management systems rely on you and the choice you make at your trash and recycling bin.
Here’s how you can help:
Bins On Curb: To tip bins into the truck, bins must have clearance for a mechanical arm to come down. So please do not block your bins, and please do not overfill them, as the truck driver will have to correct these issues and this increases risks to unnecessary exposure.
Visual Audit: Each truck features a camera for the driver to see what is being tipped into the truck. If a driver identifies non-recyclable items in the recycling, they will leave an “Oops Tag” on the bin to let you know the issue identified. Please be sure to take corrective action and learn from the feedback.
Recycling Sorting: Recycling is hand sorted in Samoa at Recology’s Materials Recovery Facility. Up to 30% of material on the sorting line is trash. Making sure you are cleaning and recycling the proper materials will protect the safety and welfare of these workerswho too often are unnecessarily pulling trash off the recycling line because a resident made the wrong decision at the bin.
The public may still self-haul their recyclables to Humboldt Waste Management Authority (HWMA) Transfer Station (right side entrance). However all material is placed into the mixed stream bins and charged a minimum $2.00 fee.
Recognizing the recycle center could spread Covid-19 by direct handling of used recycling containers, on March 16th we suspended CRV Buy Back activity in an effort to protect health and safety of our employees and community. A constant challenge under normal operations has been related to the public crowding each other and our employees. We are examining how we can resume activities and maintain social distancing when it is deemed safe to do so. CalRecycle was charged with developing guidelines that are expected released today under the Governor’s order issued last week https://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/N-54-20-COVID-19-text-4.22.20.pdf and we will evaluate the information once it is issued.
We are not accepting source separated material as we don’t have the space on the transfer station side to store the bins, nor available staffing to receive and operate source separated activities such as the baler. Recycling staff were reassigned to receive training and provide coverage at the landfill in the event of illness outbreak, as well as being assigned to the Transfer Station.
City of Eureka Suspends Most Public Gatherings Through March
The City of Eureka is taking steps to suspend many of its public gatherings throughout the City until the end of March. The decision follows recommendations from the California Department of Public Health to slow the spread of the COVID-19.
The following facilities, programs, and activities will be suspended through March 31st 2020:
The Adorni Center beginning at 5pm March 13th including:
Youth and Adult Sports beginning immediately including:
Hoopsters practices and games
Men’s Basketball and Woman’s Volleyball games
Roller Skating at the Muni beginning immediately
The Annual Easter Egg-venture
Community Class i.e. Toddler Soccer and Bitty Basketball
F.U.N. Play Center
The Wharfinger and rentals beginning on Monday, March 16th
Staff will be onsite for essential services
The following programs and facilities will remain open until further notice:
Due to recent concerns surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and in line with County, State, and Federal guidelines and recommendations, the City of Eureka, in an abundance of caution, will be postponing or canceling non-essential City events, community gatherings, and engagements involving more than 250 people, and in many cases, smaller gatherings, until further notice.
According to the California Department of Public Health, the timely implementation of aggressive strategies that create social distance and those that reduce close contact of people not regularly together, including limiting gatherings, has proven effective at delaying rates of transmission and reducing illness and even death in prior pandemics.
The City encourages residents and visitors to consider doing the same with their planned private events, especially those that serve an at-risk population.
Additionally, the City has implemented the following precautionary measures:
Non-regulatory Board and Commission meetings will be canceled until further notice: Art and Culture Commission; Eureka Energy Committee; Economic Development Commission; Open Space Parks and Recreation Commission; Housing Advisory Boards.
All non-essential City travel and training has been canceled.
All recreation programs including Hoopsters basketball, adult sports and roller skating are canceled until further notice. Please see the review a full list of closures on the City’s web site: ci.eureka.ca.gov
The City of Eureka will continue to operate after school programs and Little Sapling’s daycare and will follow any recommended school closures should they be implemented. Eureka Police Department and Humboldt Bay Fire continue to respond to all calls for service and have developed contingency plans to address any possible staffing issues due to COVID-19. The Sequoia Park Zoo and all other City facilities remain open to the public with increased attention on Social Distancing.
The City of Eureka will continue to evaluate the COVID-19 situation and provide updates as warranted. The City is committed to protecting our community and to ensuring the safety of all residents, visitors and City personnel. We strongly encourage residents to avoid non-essential gatherings, practice good hygiene (hand washing etc.), and exercise preventative actions.
For current updates regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and tips on preventing the spread of respiratory viruses, such as Coronavirus at the Humboldt Health Alert website.
Please see this special announcement about classes and events from Eureka Community services here.
California State Parks has awarded the City of Eureka’s 20/30 Park with $6,393,200 for park improvements.
California State Parks received 478 applications requesting $2.3 billion in funding. With only $254.9 million available, only 62 projects were funded, making Eureka very fortunate to receive this competitive grant. In 2018, California voters passed Prop 68, which directed $254.9 million to State Parks for competitive grants to create new parks and enhance recreational opportunities for all Californians. This is the state’s largest investment in grant funding history targeted for underserved communities and the City of Eureka is excited to announce major improvements planned due to this generous funding opportunity.
Planned park improvements are based on a robust community engagement process where community members shared concerns regarding safety, access, walkability, recreational amendments, and inclusion.
The 20/30 park project reflects major renovation plans including:
The City of Eureka has officially launched its new Youth Council program and selected four out of fourteen applicants for the Spring term of 2020. Applicants were between the ages of 14-17 of which all were outstanding, exemplary, and civic minded.
(From left to right in the above attached photo) Tristan Greene from Eureka High has a profound interest in history and politics, and currently volunteers at the Democratic Central Committee Office in Eureka. Stella Saba from Eureka High is interested in human rights, protecting the environment, a Teen Court leader, and wants to study law in the future. Christina Smith, also from Eureka High is a cross country runner that loves exploring Eureka’s outdoors and is involved in several clubs at school. Gwendalyn Parsons is an avid reader from Academy of the Redwoods, who wants to beautify Eureka and increase street safety.
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For Immediate Release:
City of Eureka Seeking Local Photos and Memories of Sequoia Park’s History
The City of Eureka is excited to reach out to the community to seek photos and memories of Sequoia Park and its Playground or the Sequoia Park Zoo in an effort to support the Sequoia Park Improvement Project. Do you have fond memories and photos of the 125-year-old history of these beloved spaces that you would be willing to share?
The City recently conducted several community outreach opportunities resulting in a new conceptual design for Sequoia Park. Community feedback prioritized a design which will enhance what is loved, restore what is broken, and provide what is missing.
The City of Eureka’s Pathway to Payday is a four-day employment workshop that takes place in partnership with the Betty Kwan Chinn Day Center. This event focuses on the enhancement of application, resume & interview skills, & offers participants the opportunity to interview with real employers for real jobs, receiving tangible feedback that they can apply to future interviews.
To date, Pathway to Payday has garnered a 90+% success rate with participants who complete all four days receiving either a second interview or a job offer.
This week, 23 of our valued community members completed the December 2019 Pathway to Payday event while 22 of these individuals received either a second interview or a job offer. Further, the participating businesses had overwhelmingly positive feedback about the candidates they interviewed.
Below are some excerpts from the participant surveys collected:
Grant awarded by the National Recreation and Park Association and The Walt Disney Company
Eureka, CA, June 11, 2019 – City of Eureka has been selected to receive a $30,000 play space grant from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Walt Disney Company. This investment supports NRPA and Disney’s combined goal of providing one million kids and families with greater access to play.