The Sierra Club has partnered with labor organizations, faith-based groups, and other environmental and community-based non-profits to launch the Alameda County Sustainable Recycling Campaign. We formed this campaign to work toward the shared goals of reaching Zero Waste, elevating the status and working conditions of recycling workers, and creating more good green jobs in Alameda County.
The campaign has advocated for food-scrap collection services for residents of multi-family housing in Oakland (see April-May 2013, page 3), and supported rate increases to pay for better wages and benefits for recycling workers in Fremont. Both of these issues are still undecided. Fremont implements its biennial rate adjustment in January, and so its City Council will consider the rate increase at its Dec. 3 meeting. Newark and Union City, which also use the Fremont facility, are expected to vote on their own increases later in 2014. The final Oakland waste-hauling contract will return to City Council for final approval, perhaps as soon as January.
On Nov. 9 the campaign hosted a community and worker recycling forum to ask Oakland councilmembers to pledge to support the social and environmental goals of the campaign.
Contact Oakland councilmembers:
Dan Kalb, District 1
Pat Kernighan, District 2
Lynette Gibson McElhaney, District 3
Libby Schaaf, District 4
Noel Gallo, District 5
Desley Brooks, District 6
Larry Reid, District 7
Rebecca Kaplan, at large
Ask them to sign on to the pledge to protect the environment, strive for Zero Waste, and support recycling workers. Tell them you support recycling and composting services for everyone.
Ruth Abbe, Sierra Club Bay Chapter Zero Waste Committee