Composting & Green Waste Resources
Composting valuable organic materials such as food, garden and grass clippings, brush, untreated wood, and food-soiled paper can build healthy soils, keeps materials out of the landfill, conserves water and energy, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and helps grow our local economy!
Click the tabs below for information about composting and green waste in Arcata.
Organics Waste Reduction
Visit our SB 1383 Organics Requirements page for information about organics recycling
Curbside Green Waste Pick Up
Prevent yard waste from going to the landfill by taking advantage of the curbside Yard Waste Pickup service from Recology Arcata. Get details and sign up for services today.
Green Waste Drop-off
2023 Mid Year Update
Steve Morris Logging took over the green waste drop-off and composting agreement with Humboldt Waste Management Authority as of April 1 when they bought the Wes Green Company. The new business is now only accepting drop-off green waste at their Glendale location (1500 Glendale Drive Mckinleyville, CA 95519) where they have a certified scale. Recology Arcata customers who live within city limits can take Greenwaste and unpainted lumber to the Glendale location for drop-off. Please ensure no dirt or sod is mixed in with your green waste drop-off as these materials cannot be accepted or composted.
City staff continues to work with local partners to advocate for a green waste drop-off location within city limits. Until such a new arrangement can be identified, all Recology Arcata customers will need to drop off their green waste at the Glendale location.
Currently, a portion of the City’s solid waste franchise fee revenue funds no cost green waste drop off for Recology Arcata customers. Starting Saturday, July 1, the City is reducing the amount of no cost drop offs for residents to 11 cubic yards (or 1.1 tons) per year to ensure the program is sustainably funded due to increased costs to process green waste locally. Residents can take any additional green waste to the Glendale drop off location and pay for its composting.
Drop-off volumes of less than one full cubic yard will be “rounded-up” and counted as the use of one cubic yard/drop-off use on the customer’s account. Once a customer’s account reaches 11 cubic yards (1.1 tons) in one calendar year, the standard fee will apply until the annual allotment resets on January 1, 2024.
To establish a green waste drop-off account, present a photo I.D. and a copy of a current Recology Arcata bill. Once an account is established you only need to bring your photo I.D. to drop green waste off. When registering, an account customer may list ONLY two user-names per account. Non-listed users will not be permitted to drop off green waste at “no charge.” Please note: Should you choose to add a landscaper or landscaping business as an authorized user, green-waste material delivered under your account may contain material commingled from other customers and reduce your overall annual “no charge” allotment.
The greenwaste recycling facility is currently located at 1500 Glendale Drive. For additional information on its services, call 707- 822-8537. Access the Google map for mapping directions to the facility.
Visit the Green waste Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.
If you have additional questions regarding the green waste drop-off program please call the Environmental Services Department at 707-822-8184 or email email@example.com.