Press Release: Status Of Local CRV Buyback, Garbage, Household Hazardous Wastes and Recycling Activities in Humboldt County

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.

Curbside Collection Routes

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Self-Haul Recycling Still Available At HWMA

Recycling Update:

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. ​

Household Hazardous Press Release follows:

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Zoo Projects Update: Walkabout in the Park

The Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation and the City of Eureka invite you to a walkabout in the Sequoia Park and the Sequoia Park Zoo to learn more about our upcoming “elevated redwood walkway” as well as improvements to Sequoia Park Zoo and the upper meadow of the Sequoia Park directly from our project manager at Greenway Partners.

We hope you will join us:

Sequoia Park Meadow Entrance
Saturday, March 14th
2:00 PM-3:00 PM

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Thank You to our Sponsors

The Benefit Concert for Humboldt’s Homeless was a huge success!

In addition to the hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of tickets sold to support this great cause, the concert would not have been so successful if it wasn’t for the following sponsors.

Platinum

Gold

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Bronze

City of Eureka’s 20/30 Park Awarded $6.4 Million for Park Improvements

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:

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Melvin Seals quick message to Eureka

Melvin Seals & JGB are coming to Eureka on Saturday February 29 to help raise funds for UPLIFT Eureka.

He took a few moments to record this message.

City of Eureka Invites Teens to Participate in New Youth Council

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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Donate a Concert Ticket to UPLIFT Eureka: Give the Gift of Music

A special opportunity is available to support an individual on their journey by gifting the healing benefits of live music.

Please consider sponsoring an UPLIFT participant by purchasing a ticket to donate for participants to attend a “Benefit Concert for Humboldt’s Homeless” featuring Melvin Seals and JGB, on February 29, 2020.

Whether or not you can attend this important community event, residents can help support houseless neighbors by purchasing tickets for those who might not be able to attend otherwise. To donate, please call (707-441-4248) or visit the Adorni Center (1011 Waterfront Drive) to purchase a ticket to donate. Sponsorships are also available for local businesses and organizations who would like to support this event through a monetary donation.

The concert takes place at the Eureka Municipal Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30pm and the show starts at 7:30pm. This is an all-ages show, and food and libations will be available for purchase.

Tickets are available for $40 in advance or $45 at the door. You can purchase them for yourself or for others online at brownpapertickets.com or at The Works and Wildberries. The show is expected to sell out, so pre-sale tickets are recommended. 

Melvin is most revered for his powerful, high spirited, Hammond B-3 organ, and keyboards in the Jerry Garcia Band. Melvin spun his B-3 magic with the Jerry Garcia Band for 18 years and in doing so helped pioneer and define what has now become “Jam Band Music”.

If you are interested in donations, sponsorships, or general UPLIFT Eureka inquiries, please contact Katelyn “Mo” Merrell at (707) 268-1844.  

Details About the Concert:

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Libations for Donations Fundraiser Feb 26

Join us for “Libations for Donations” at Phatsy Kline’s in the Historic Eagle House from 6PM to 10PM on February 26.

This fundraiser will help the UPLIFT Eureka Program designed to support our houseless community members in accessing vital resources to obtain housing, employment, and to reclaim independence.

That’s right, you can have a good time and support solutions to homelessness.

There will be live music too! Join us for Blues Night hosted by Andy B!

One dollar from every drink will go directly to support UPLIFT Eureka. So please, come join us for a night of dancing and libations meanwhile supporting your community.

Details:

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