Opinion articles

Matthew Marshall: The sun is rising on renewable energy for Humboldt County

This month marks the 4th anniversary of the launch of the Redwood Coast Energy Authority’s Community Choice Energy Program. The central objective of the program since we began providing electricity to customers in 2017 has been to advance the use of renewable resources to affordably meet our community’s energy needs.  Despite the challenges of the

The Arcata City Council’s letter to the Planco re: the Bottoms mega-grow

April 22, 2021 Humboldt County Planning Commission 3015 H Street Eureka CA 95501 SENT VIA EMAIL TO: [email protected] Re: Arcata Land Company, LLC Commercial Cannabis Project Application No. 12255  Dear Humboldt County Planning Commission: The City of Arcata is writing this letter in response to the overwhelming public comment received from Arcata constituents. The Arcata

Margaret Gainer: Conditions leading to recycling contamination

To improve efficiency of collecting more recyclables at the curb, in the early 2000s, many communities changed from source separation of all the materials before set-out on the street, to dual stream.  With dual stream collection, paper and cardboard are sorted from the plastic, metal and glass beverage containers – with further separation after collection

Maggie Gainer: How we got here – the early development of recycling

Zero Waste Humboldt emphasizes waste prevention strategies at the point of purchase and materials reuse. However, we regularly receive inquiries about recycling collection, which materials are recyclable, and how to avoid contaminating the recycling cart at the curb.  An average of 25 percent of recyclables collected at the curb in Humboldt County are contaminated and

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