The City of Arcata wants you to do something for nothing today — at least to think about it. We’re to think about moving toward Zero, where you throw nothing away since you haven’t generated any waste (well, less anyway). Wednesday, Hump Day, 11/15, halfway through November, it’s officially Zero Waste Day in Arcata. Time to do something. I have something planned.
The city announced ZWD with this press release, ending with a question.
The air is crisp and trees change color as fall arrives with Thanksgiving just around the corner. While the holiday season is a happy time for all, it can also be the most wasteful time of the year. For example, Americans spend approximately $3.2 billion every year on wrapping paper and single-use gift bags, most of which are sent to the landfill. On November 15, 2017, the City of Arcata in collaboration with local businesses and organizations will be celebrating Zero Waste Day to promote the concepts of zero waste and to encourage the community to participate in practicing zero waste principles.
To help combat these issues, the City of Arcata recently adopted the Zero Waste Action Plan to divert at least 90% of waste generated in the community from landfills and incinerators within 10-15 years. Zero waste is a community-wide movement that requires participation from everyone. To help you reduce your waste, the City will also be releasing a Zero Waste Guide for Arcata residents on Zero Waste Day.
From 11am-2pm on November 15, the City of Arcata will be partnering with the North Coast Co-op and several local waste reduction groups including Zero Waste Humboldt, Campus Center for Appropriate Technology (CCAT), Waste Reduction & Resources Awareness Program (WRRAP), and the Northcoast Environmental Center (NEC) to demonstrate ways that you can reduce your waste. Stay tuned for events on November 15, and learn how you can participate in helping Arcata reach our Zero Waste goal. What will you do to make a difference?
There’s action at the Co-op starting at 11 a.m. running until 2 p.m. with all this including the chance to get more stuff:
• Zero-Waste Living Starter Pack Giveaway
• Motor Oil Pan Giveaway• Q&A with the Co-op’s Sustainability Coordinator
• Drop-in workshops & other sustainable crafts with W.R.R.A.P., HSU’s Campus Center for Appropirate Technology and Zero Waste Humboldt
• Earth machine compost bin demonstration with the City of Arcata
Also, ask the folks at the NEC about their “Adopt-a-Block” campaign where you can help clean up after litters who don’t put their trash where it goes (usually the dump).
And check with Surfriders on the big Trash Bash running until Nov. 30.