There is a need, and clearly community concern, that our local waste and recycling infrastructure remain intact and grow stronger; and the HWMA needs more time to figure out how to achieve that.
I call it Loophole Recycling. It’s a loophole for local governments that have not been able to comply with state mandated goals for landfill diversion. In the proposal to transport in a single-stream to Willits, it is especially “loophole recycling” because it must be dumped twice and is further contaminated.
City Manager Randy Mendosa will ask the City Council next week to hire alternate counsel to handle legal matters pertaining to recycling.
Attend the Thursday, April 14 HWMA board meeting to express your concern. This is a time for local elected officials to put their money where their mouths were and keep the value-added jobs of processing recyclables local. We should not give away our jobs and future business development for a “few cents on the dollar.”
And the ACRC alleges that the RFP process is unfair, as the Intelliwaste study “disclosed all of ACRC’s operational costs and revenues in a public document.”
To the HWMA boardmembers, including Arcata Councilmember Michael Winkler, the decision was clear-cut – ACRC responded to a request for five-year contract proposals with an offer to process recyclables at a cost of $65 a ton. Renewable Waste Systems is offering to pay the HWMA $8 a ton.
The minimally-explained matter seemed resolved with a 4-1 vote to replace Brinton, who was the dissenter. At last week’s meeting, however, Brinton asked that the item be revisited because he believed Stillman had violated the Brown Act by discussing the appointment in separate phone calls with himself and then Winkler.