The Spring Clean Up was carried out with the purpose of reducing solid waste at outdoor areas on Tolowa Dee-ni’ aboriginal territory. The Tribe’s Natural Resources, Public Works and Facilities, and Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO) staffed the Clean Up. The solid waste management company Recology was contracted for their solid waste bins and hauling. The Del Norte County Government Department, the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority manages the Transfer Station that we paid to dispose of the solid waste from the Clean Up.
The maximum capacity for solid waste at the Spring Clean Up considering the space in the bins, hauling, and staffing was equal to 2 truckloads of solid waste per each Tribal citizen’s residence that is within a reasonable distance to haul solid waste to the Clean Up. The Clean Up focus is on removing solid waste from outdoor yards. We want to discourage Tribal citizens from storing every-day household garbage to dispose of at the Clean Up.
This Spring Clean Up received a total of about 42 tons of solid waste and recyclable material from Tribal citizens. A total of 137 vehicle and trailer
loads of solid waste were brought by Tribal citizens during this two-day
event with 22 loads on Thursday and 115 loads on Saturday. Some solid waste was also disposed of from the Tribe’s Administration Building and the
Public Works and Facilities shops.
About 5 tons of the disposed material is destined to be recycled and included about 50 yards of metal and electronics weighing 3.6 tons, 18
televisions and computer screens weighing 0.4 tons, 10 tires with rims weighing 0.4 tons, 24 tires without rims weighing 0.7 tons, 20 gallons of motor oil weighing 148 pounds and 15 compact fluorescents (CFL) bulbs.
About 37 tons of non-recyclable material is destined for the landfill and includes about 200 yards of solid waste weighing 35 tons, 40 mattresses and box-springs weighing 1 ton and 20 furniture pieces weighing 1.1 tons.
For solid waste and Clean Up related questions, contact the Natural Resources Department, Habitat and Wildlife Program at 707-487-9255 extension 1155.