City of Arcata is Seeking Volunteers for 2018/2019 Zero Waste Task Force
This is a press release from the City of Arcata:
Zero Waste is a materials management approach that prevents waste and then establishes reuse and recycling policies, programs and infrastructure for all materials entering the community. Zero Waste’s goal is to ensure that nothing is sent to a landfill or incinerator and to make certain that resources we take from the earth continue to be used efficiently without waste and excess burden to the environment. The Arcata City Council set a goal of becoming a Zero Waste City in 2015, and has created a Zero Waste Action Plan that has developed strategies to achieve this goal. Members of the Zero Waste Task Force will work to identify, prioritize and make recommendations to the City Council on projects and programs to move the City forward in reaching the goal of Zero Waste.
The scope of work will include researching and making recommendations for immediate, short-and long-term actionable Zero Waste solutions, establishing a practical roadmap for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing the quantity and toxicity of waste generated in Arcata and educating community members and local businesses on Zero Waste practices. Members of the task force will also collaborate with key stakeholders and community members to identify priority projects and programs to reduce waste.
Once the Task Force is created, the Task force will meet on regular intervals. Task Force duties are scheduled to conclude on Sunday, December 1, 2019, upon delivery of its final report unless extended by the City Council.
The Zero Waste Task Force will consist of seven members, with three members representing Humboldt State University, Zero Waste Humboldt and the City’s recycling franchise hauler/processor.
The City of Arcata is currently seeking applications for the four remaining at-large members of the Task Force. All interested community members are encouraged to apply that live or work within the Arcata Planning Area.
Interviews for at-large Task Force members will be conducted by the City Council, with appointments made by the City Council at one of its regular meetings.
For more information, or to apply for at-large membership on the Zero Waste Task Force, visit www.cityofarcata.org/500/Vacancies-Applications or call 707-822-5953.
Applications must be turned in to the City Manager’s Office at City Hall, located at 736 F Street in Arcata, by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 31.