Eel River Resource Recovery focused on adding local jobs

Plans to re-open the former recycled material processing plant near Samoa and provide local job opportunities will be discussed this evening at the regular meeting of the Humboldt County Planning Commission.

Fortuna-based Eel River Resource Recovery owns the building and is proposing to use the building as a medium-volume waste transfer station, where recyclables would be sorted from municipal waste at that location.

The public hearing scheduled for tonight will consider approval of a Coastal Development Permit and Conditional Use Permit for the project.

ERRR Operations Manager Kris Mobley said re-opening the facility near Samoa could create approximately 25 jobs.

"We will put people to work," Mobley said.

At the transfer station, the waste would be placed on a sorting line, and he estimated that 20 percent to 40 percent of the sorted waste would be recyclable.

"We know how to do this," Mobley said, referring to the transfer station sorting operation currently at ERRR's Fortuna location.

He said there is not enough material currently available to re-open the facility near Samoa as a recycling center, since recycled materials from Eureka, Arcata and other northern Humboldt County communities are currently trucked to Willits in Mendocino County.

"It's not acceptable to keep people out of work in this county when putting people to work in other counties," Mobley said, as the main reason for plans to re-open the facility as a transfer station.

The Humboldt County Planning Commission meeting this evening is at 6 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors chambers in the Humboldt County Courthouse.

Photo by Mary Bullwinkel/Beacon

Eel River Resource Recovery Operations Manager Kris Mobley said the company will provide local employment opportunities when it re-opens the former recycled materials processing plant near Samoa.