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Next Board MeetingThursday, June 20, 2024100 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 and on Zoom
Have you picked up a copy of this year’s Zero Waste Guide?  Check out the digital English version hereSpanish is available here.
CONSTRUCTION & DEMOLITION Working with Permit & Planning departments in Healdsburg, Windsor, Sebastopol, Santa Rosa and County (Permit Sonoma) to transition to Green Halo System for waste management planning and weight tag submittal for permitted projects.CRVRohnert Park CRV Redemption site at Flipside Thrift to be upgraded to hybrid (weigh and pay and automated drop-off) location – expected to open by late June 2024. ZERO WASTE EVENTSThe Zero Waste Symposium 2024 was a huge success, with nearly 200 attendees, over 20 speakers, networking, trivia, a raffle, and happy hour. We can’t wait to see you again next year!Save the Date for Zero Waste Week 2024: October 12-20th The Next Repair & Reuse Fair is scheduled for October 12, 2024 at Rohnert Park-Cotati Library from 1-4pm.
SHORT-LIVED CLIMATE POLLUTANTS LAW (SB 1383)Compost hubs are now open in Cotati, Santa Rosa, and Healdsburg, with more locations to come! These hubs are stocked with compost year-round, and each location will be open on specific days/hours each month. All residents of Sonoma County are welcome to visit any of the sites. Compost will be loose, bring your own containers and shovels. No heavy equipment allowed. More details on: RCPA-led Carbon Sequestration Through Compost Application pilot project is complete, for which ZWS was a partner. The Board of Supervisors awarded $500,000 through the Climate Resiliency Fund, providing compost to agricultural and community sites. In total, 4881.06 tons of compost was applied, sequestering an estimated 6,197.72 metric tons of CO2 equivalent. This project helped all 10 jurisdictions achieve their 2023 SB 1383 procurement targets. For more information on the project, visit the storymap.
E-WASTE AND MED COLLECTION EVENTSAt the April 27th DEA Drug Take Back Day event, Sonoma County police stations collected more than 481 pounds of medications, vapes and e-cigarettes. These hazardous materials pose a threat to water quality if not properly disposed of.
SB 1066: THE MARINE FLARE PRODUCER RESPONSIBILITY ACTSB 1066, the Marine Flare Extended Producer Responsibility Act by Senator Blakespear, continues to move through the CA Senate. It has passed out of the Senate Floor and will head to the Assembly next!INDUSTRY LEADERSHIPThe Northern California Gold Rush Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) visited the Central Disposal Site on Friday, May 17th. Zero Waste Sonoma provided a tour of the HHW facility while our partners at Republic Services showed the group around Recycle Town, the transfer station, and the construction & demolition recovery facility. Meetings and tours through organizations like SWANA allow waste professionals to glean best practices from neighboring jurisdictions. SOLAR PANELSZero Waste Sonoma hosted their last scheduled solar panel collection event on Friday, May 10 in Healdsburg. Between the 14 appointments, roughly 150 solar panels were collected for reuse or recycling. More solar panel recycling opportunities may become available depending on funding availability so keep your eye out! 
Upcoming Events:June 4 HHW Collection Event – Rohnert ParkJune 11 HHW Collection Event – Oakmont (full)June 14-16 E-Waste Recycling Event – Santa RosaSpanish Language VersionJune 15 Mattress Recycling Event – Santa RosaSpanish Language VersionJune 18 HHW Collection Event – WindsorJune 25 HHW Collection Event – Bodega Bay
Save the date for the North Bay Zero Waste Week: October 12-19, 2024!
BYO window clings are coming to a coffee shop or restaurant near you soon! Many of these places also offer a discount for customers when they bring their own mug or container (Lunchette, Avid, Pink Owl, Grand Central Petaluma, and more all offer discounts to customers who BYO cup or container!)!
Sebastopol Times, May 5, 2024 Round Up: Keep an eye on springRoseville Today, May 9, 2024 Gravenstein Apple Fair at Ragle Park in Sebastopol a sweet time this AugustThe Community Voice, May 17, 2024 Sonoma County talks trash at the 2024 Zero Waste Symposium
Waste Dive, April 17, 2024 Pacific Coast grocers reduce wasted food tonnage by nearly 25% over 4 yearsWaste Advantage, April 29, 2024 How the Future of Household Hazardous Waste Management is Evolving Upstream Solutions Podcast, May 2, 2024 Reuse RockstarsWaste Dive, May 8, 2024 Well-known circular economy specialist appointed as CalRecycle directorSonoma County, May 14, 2024 Sonoma County bans sale of e-cigarettes and flavored tobacco in unincorporated areasThe New Yorker, May 20, 2024 How 3M Discovered, Then Concealed, the Dangers of Forever ChemicalsWaste Dive, November 16, 2023 updated May 20, 2024, Tracking notable recycling laws by state
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