In response to Paul Dillard’s July 9 letter, “Waste controversy about money, not the good of the community,” he is correct about one thing. It is about the money. It is also about the good of the community. Here are the facts:
1) The decision was not difficult and the contract should have been awarded to a local company that has supported this community since 1963 in more ways than Recology could count.
2) Hambro received a one-point evaluation edge against a company that has been in the garbage business longer and manages more garbage facilities than Hambro. This fact begs one simple question: Why didn’t Recology, with all its vast experience and expertise, beat Hambro by a very wide margin rather than Hambro besting Recology by one point?
I would like to personally thank the employee owners of Recology Del Norte for their dedication and commitment to the customers, community, and their company. Without their support, Recology Del Norte would have never received the 4-1 vote awarding us the proposal for Solid Waste, Recyclables, and Organics Collection.
The confidence of the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority Board in the experience of our company and people is a testament to the dedication of our employees, and demonstrates the board’s faith in our ability to move forward together toward its goal of zero waste.
In the weeks following the board’s decision, Recology Del Norte has been portrayed as a large corporation without local roots. While our headquarters is located in San Francisco, Recology Del Norte could easily fill a page in The Triplicate with local activities and organizations that we support.
Protest the Marine Protected Area process in Eureka today at 4:30 p.m. Join the Eureka sport and commercial fishermen on land and, if you can bring your boat, in the water.
The meeting is in at the Aquatic Center at the northern end of Old Town right at the waters edge. This is the closest place where we can have a formal protest. The Crescent City meeting is at the Elk Valley Community Center on Thursday at 5 p.m. Out of respect for our Native American community; please do not attempt to protest there. You can go in and peacefully voice your opinion, but again please do not disrespect the meeting area or the Native American hosts.
Both meetings will have maps of proposed MPAs and individuals from the Marine Life Protection Act Initiative on hand to discuss options. At this point in the process, which still has one more round of Stakeholder meetings, there are three closed areas proposed in Del Norte County.
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