Zero Waste

Arcata is striving to achieve zero waste. Zero waste is a materials management approach that first prevents waste and then establishes reuse and recycling policies, programs, and infrastructure for all materials entering the community. The goal is to ensure that nothing is sent to a landfill or incinerator. The City Council set the 2015-2016 zero waste goal (PDF) to provide leadership in the environmental progress of the city.

Zero Waste Action Plan

The City would love to hear your waste reduction ideas. Send us an email about how we can reduce waste or improve current recycling and composting methods.

How You Can Help

  1. Prevent waste in your home and at your work.
  2. Recycle and compost whenever possible.
  3. Handle hazardous & special materials with care.
Great Resources:

Prevention & Reuse


Hazardous & Special


Food & Yard

Composting Cartoon

Construction & Demo


Recycling & Garbage


Coming soon! More Zero Waste Info