Zero Waste Day - November 15 - Make this the year to adopt the Refill-Not-Landfill habit!

October, 2015


Zero Waste Humboldt challenges you to do without single use packaging on Zero Waste Day, November 15, 2015. Join the refillable revolution by bringing your own refillable water bottle with you, use your own coffee cup, remember your reusable shopping bag, bring your food container from home when you stop for lunch at a deli.  Do without single use plastic straws (Go Strawless!), plastic lids, and plastic utensils.  You’ll be surprised at how much you will reduce your waste!

It is estimated that 14 billion paper coffee cups are thrown away every year—enough to circle the earth 55 times and weigh 900 million pounds.  500 million plastic straws are used and discarded in the U.S. annually. Ban-the-Bottle says that Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year—only about one-fifth of which are recycled.  The Humboldt County statistics are similar, but we have much longer distances to market. 

ZWH seeks Project Manager

ZWH has announced a Request for Qualifications for a contract Project Manager.  Individuals experienced in project and budget management, working collaboratively with community partners, and organization development are invited to email the ZWH Personnel Committee for details at

Plastic Microbeads be Gone

California Assemblymember, Richard Bloom, reported on September 8, 2015 that his proposed Plastic Microbeads legislation passed the Assembly on concurrence, and that it will move on to Governor Brown to hopefully sign.  Microbeads, common in facial scrubs and toothpastes, don’t biodegrade when washed down drains and into our waterways, thus polluting water sources and causing harm to marine wildlife. 

If signed into law, Bloom’s bill AB888, will prohibit “selling or offering for promotional purposes in this state a personal care product containing plastic microbeads that are used to exfoliate or cleanse in a rinse-off product.”  The legislation would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.    Mark Murray, executive director of Californians Against Waste, said in a statement, “I am confident that, if the governor signs this bill, future generations will look back and wonder why these tiny pieces of plastic were ever even considered for use in products that are designed to be washed down the drain.”

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