The Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation hosted a one-day Tribal Fall Clean-up event on Saturday, November 12, 2020. This year provided many challenges, including the cancellation of events due to Covid-19. In spite of many obstacles, the Tribe was able to carry out a successful, safe, and socially distanced event.
Each year the Tribe partners with a variety of agencies to ensure waste is disposed of are taken to the appropriate facility. This year Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation worked with 4 local agencies: The solid waste management company Recology was contracted for solid waste bins and hauling. The Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority was secured to dispose of a variety of solid waste and recyclable items. Humboldt Moving and Storage took the recyclable mattresses and box springs for free through the California Government mattress recycling program, Bye Bye Mattress which is managed by the Mattress Recycling Council. Cascade Metal, from Grants Pass, hauled away the recyclable metal for free. Tribal Citizens also participated in a short solid waste survey to gather current data for how the Tribe can facilitate solid waste management.
This year the Fall Cleanup was limited to 1 load per Tribal household within a reasonable distance to haul solid waste to the cleanup. The purpose of this event is to support pollution prevention, minimize environmental impacts, and to provide informational and educational materials, as well as educate and support tribal citizens on proper disposal of residential waste. In order to maintain environmental health conditions, citizens are discouraged from storing every-day household garbage to dispose of at cleanup events; this is why we did not take household garbage.