Susan Buckley, RN, Director, Public Health
Ira Singh, MPH, Deputy Director
Donald I. Baird, MD, Health Officer

Division of Environmental Health


Date Released: 3/8/2005
Subject: Waste Reduction Awards
Contact: Louise Jeffrey, Waste Reduction Coordinator Environmental Health Division
Phone: (707) 445-6215

Assessing your personal impact on the Earth and the earth’s resources is as easy as calculating your ‘footprint’, may be surprised what you find out! The U.S. has the highest per capita footprint, at 11 acres per person, whereas each European requires around 5 acres. No matter your exact footprint on the earth, it is important to know how much and what type of impact you are having both on the earth and in your own community.

Reducing, reusing and recycling are just a few ways to ensure that your footprint is kept to a minimum. By taking part in these activities, you not only divert materials from the waste stream and landfills, but save the virgin resources that the product is made from originally, such as trees, water, petroleum, and much more. Even more effective, of course, is to reduce consumption and re-use products when possible. Looking for durable, long-lasting, and second-hand products, avoiding disposable items with lots of packaging, and extending product life through maintenance and repair are key ways to reduce your footprint on the earth and help your local community.

Fortunately, there are many people, organizations, and businesses in Humboldt County doing just that: reducing, reusing, and recycling. The Waste Reduction Awards Program is our opportunity to recognize the achievements made by these wonderful waste reducers. Throughout Waste Awareness Week, April 18-24, there will be many activities to showcase existing organizations and educate others about reducing waste and thus reducing one’s footprint on the earth.

2004 Award Recipients
Arcata Community Recycling Center’s Education Program
Arcata Library Bike Project
Baby’s Best Diaper Service
CalTrans Adopt-A-Highway Project Recycle
Eel River Disposal & Recycling
Footprint Recycling
Grindables Recycling
Kernen Construction
Leon’s Muffler
McLaughlin & Sons
Owsley’s Recycled Paint
Pacific Builders
Washington School Recycling Team under leadership from Jeff Self
American Hydroponics,
J&T Molded Plastics, ACRC, & North Coast Recycling Market Development Zone

Waste Reduction Award categories include the following;
·Best individual waste reduction effort or program,
·Best business waste reduction effort or program,
·Best government agency waste reduction effort or program,
·Best other organization waste reduction effort or program,
·Best “closing the loop” effort or program,
·Most effective waste prevention, recycling, or composting activities (three separate awards),
·Most effective use of recycled or reused materials in manufacturing,
·Most effective construction and demolition diversion program,
·Most effective school waste reduction program,
·Most effective public education program,
·Most effective collaboration effort in waste diversion, and
·The Unsung Heroes of the waste reduction world.

To apply for an award, complete a short application, write a one to two page summary of the program, and deliver it to the Division of Environmental Health by April 8. If you or someone you know may qualify for an award, please call 268-2225 or 800-963-9241 for an application or stop by the Environmental Health Office at 100 H Street, Suite 100 in Eureka to pick one up. Applications are also available at the City Hall in Arcata, Blue Lake, Eureka, Fortuna, Ferndale, Rio Dell, and Trinidad as well as the Health Branch at 727 Cedar Street in Garberville and 77 Walnut Way in Willow Creek. This is a wonderful way to give local waste reducers the recognition for all of their hard work and dedication.

If you know of an easy way to reduce your impact on the Earth, spread the word and participate in one of the fun Waste Awareness Week activities. For more information call the Humboldt County Waste Reduction Hotline at 268-2225 or check out Remember to watch your footprint: reduce, reuse, recycle!


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