Hazardous & Special

You can prevent hazardous waste by choosing non-toxic cleaning and pest control products, buying only what you need of automotive and home maintenance items and following label instructions. Click on a material to learn how to properly dispose of it:

What's Banned from the Trash and Recycling Bins (PDF)?

Appliances & Furniture

Working appliances and furniture in acceptable condition can be donated. Click here to see a list of donation facilities. 

Recology
 Arcata (formerly Arcata Garbage Company) now offers twice/year bulky item pickup at no charge for its customers. Call 707-822-0304 for more information. 

Non-functioning appliances can be recycled at the Humboldt Waste Management Authority: Eureka Recycling Center.

Batteries

Batteries should be sealed in a bag and can be dropped off at Hensel's Ace HardwareSunnybrae Ace Hardware, or the Humboldt Waste Management Authority

Carpet

Recology Arcata (formerly Arcata Garbage Company) now offers twice/year bulky item pickup at no charge for its customers. Call 707-822-0304 for more information.

The Humboldt Waste Management Authority provides carpet recycling. For more information on carpet guidelines and fees, call (707) 268-8680 or visit their website by clicking here.

Clothes

Please donate clothes, shoes, and linens in good condition. 

Electronics

Computer monitors, CPU's, copiers or any equipment with a digital readout or processing board can be dropped off at the Humboldt Waste Management Authority for a nominal fee of $2 for monitors, and 5 cents/pound for other e-material. E-waste can also be taken to Humboldt Sanitation McKinleyville Transfer Station for a fee (fee varies).

Electronic items can often be taken back to the manufacturer. Some manufacturers will take back their old equipment for reuse or recycling: 

Light Bulbs

Dispose of household light bulbs at the Humboldt Waste Management Authority or up to 5 per visit at Hensel's Ace Hardware. Fluorescent tubes up to four feet can be dropped off at Hensel's Ace Hardware. Anything larger should be dropped off at HWMA.

Mattresses

Recology Arcata (formerly Arcata Garbage Company) offers twice/year bulky item pickup at no charge for its customers. Call 707-822-0304 for more information. 

Mattresses and box springs can also be taken to the HWMA: Hawthorne Street Transfer Station for free recycling.

Motor Oil & Filters

You can receive 40 cents/gallon for your used motor oil by taking it to a certified used oil collection center. Franklin's Service at 1903 Heindon Road, 707-822-1975, is Arcata's certified used oil collection center. Call for hours before bringing your used motor oil. 

Do you change your own motor oil? You are eligible for a free oil drain container if you live within city limits! Pick one up at Arcata City Hall Environmental Services Department during regular business hours by bringing in proof of residency (a water bill/receipt or a rental contract/receipt).

Paint

At a low fee of $5.00, up to 15 gallons of paint can be taken to the HWMA: Hazardous Waste Facility for recycling. There is no limit for architectural paint. For more information, call (707) 441-2005. 

Pharmaceuticals

Open Door Clinics in McKinleyville, Arcata, and Eureka have drop boxes where you can drop off your leftover medicines during normal business hours. 

Please review No Drugs Down the Drain (PDF) for details on proper disposal of pharmaceuticals.

Medical Sharps

Place home-generated sharps waste in biohazard containers. Biohazard containers are available for purchase at pharmacies and some office supply stores. Contact your health care provider, local pharmacies, hospitals or clinics to ask if they offer a collection a program. 

Medical sharps can be taken to Humboldt Waste Management Authority. Sharps MUST be in a biohazard container. For more information, call (707) 268-8680. 

Tires



Tires can be taken to Humboldt Waste Management Authority for a fee.

Arcata City residents may pick up a free Tire Recycling Coupon at the Arcata City Environmental Services Department
. These coupons are good for free disposal of up to 9 tires per vehicle. 

Drop-off Facilities  
Please call ahead to confirm info!

Hensel's Ace Hardware
884 9th Street
Arcata, CA 95521
Ph: 707-822-2965

Humboldt Sanitation McKinleyville Transfer Station
2585 Central Avenue
 McKinleyville, CA
Ph: 707-839-3285

Humboldt Waste Management Authority (HWMA) Hazardous Waste Facility
1059 West Hawthorne Street
Eureka, CA 95501
Ph: 707-268-8680

 




HWMA Household Hazardous Waste Facility

Humboldt County's household hazardous waste drop-off facility is located at the Humboldt Waste Management Authority waste transfer station at 1059 West Hawthorne Street in Eureka. It is open the first Saturday of each month (excluding holidays) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. No appointments are required for households but there is a 15 gallon container size limit and a $5 fee. If you are a business, call to set up an appointment at 707-441-2005.

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