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This weekend, the City of Santa Rosa and County of Sonoma, in coordination with state and federal partners, will hold three resource fairs focused on debris removal.

Residents whose properties were destroyed by the wildfires have the ability to access the government-operated Fire Debris Removal Program to ensure their property is left free of hazardous waste and debris; the deadline to apply for the program is November 13, 2017.

Sonoma County residents whose properties were destroyed by the wildfires have the ability to access the government operated Sonoma County Consolidated Debris Fire Removal Program to ensure that their property is left free of hazardous waste and debris.  Residential property owners must submit a Right of Entry (ROE) form by close of business on November 13, 2017, in order to participate in the Program.  

Singer/songwriter and musical powerhouse Aoife O’Donovan makes a return visit to eTown’s solar-powered stage this week.  At a young age, she has already recorded, collaborated, toured and performed with a list of musical A-listers too long to name, and we’re happy to have her back with us to share some of her latest inspirations.  Santa Cruz-based artist Marty O’Reilly and his ‘Old Soul Orchestra’ also stop in to share their one-of-a-kind sound, plus a great eChievement Award story about a California woman with a creative idea to keep waste out of the landfill.

New Study to Test Viability of Composting Toilets

Mar 24, 2017

Waterless composting of human waste is not a new idea. But in the modern world, it’s never been a popular one either. A new study of the latest models of composting toilets, getting underway here in Sonoma County, hopes to set the stage for changing attitudes toward them.

While the actual study of the efficacy of new composting toilets is just getting started, it required quite some time just to get permission to do it, reports the county’s James Johnson.

An Online Map to Redirect Food Waste

Mar 26, 2016

When food goes to waste, there are usually other, better places it could go instead. A new map and social media tool, currently under construction, aims to reroute that food to more beneficial destinations.

    When the FoodRecovery.org website is up and running, sometime between May and June, co-creator Nick Papadoupulous anticipates that it will be useful to a range of potential beneficiaries.

Local Push for Medical Waste Disposal

Oct 29, 2014

  Just about everyone agrees that pharmaceutical manufacturers should pay for the collection and disposal of unused medicines—except for the pharmaceutical manufacturers.

As they expected, Alameda County was promptly sued to invalidate their ordinance requiring pharmaceutical manufacturers to pay for the collection and disposal of unused prescription medicines. But after the local law was upheld twice, most recently by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Heidi Sanborn of the California Product Stewardship Council says the matter should be settled.

Closing the Waste Loop with Compost

Oct 22, 2014
KRCB

Farms in Sonoma County are part of an innovative program to close the waste loop. It’s “Farm to table, back to Farm.”

After bottles and cans are separated out for recycling, food scraps are the largest section of household waste that enters landfills. But as KRCB finds, several local cities like San Francisco and Oakland are working to change that and Sonoma County farms are cashing on the benefits. 

Brook Haven Students Aim for Zero Waste

Apr 11, 2014

  All this week, students at a Sebastopol elementary school have been seeing how close they can get to generating zero waste. It’s part of a program sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with a big emphasis on cutting down the use of plastics. We hear today from the teacher who’s been guiding that effort.

Although many other schools observed Zero Waste Week last month, the actions students are encouraged to take remain the same:

Zero Waste Living

Dec 30, 2013
Kelly Ryan, KRCB

 Creating lifestyle that doesn’t create any waste—that’s right, zero—requires considerable preparation and focus. But it can be done, as one Marin County family demonstrates every day. She explained it all to reporter Kelly Ryan.

Bea Johnson, author of the book and blog, Zero Waste Home, says one unexpected benefit of her family's no-garbage lifestyle has been added time for more important activities.