Construction & Demolition

Compliance with the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

During the bird nesting season (February 1 - August 31), contractors and landowners must check for active bird nests before trimming or removing vegetation, to prevent the unlawful "taking" of any migratory bird. The City of Arcata Vegetation Management and Construction Guidelines for the Protection of Nesting Birds (PDF) provides seasonal guidelines that will help you decide when to limb trees, trim brush, and remove vegetation. Contact the Environmental Services Department at (707) 822-8184 if you require assistance or further information. 

For more information on the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, click here. 

Reducing, Reusing & Recycling Waste Materials

All construction and demolition projects must reduce, reuse and recycle waste materials and submit both a Waste Management Plan (PDF) and a Final Report (PDF) for each project

The Construction & Demolition Reuse & Recycling Guide (PDF) provides information on where to recycle concrete, asphalt, wood waste, broken glass, other building materials and hazardous waste. Recology Arcata will provide bins and haul these items for a fee.

Additional deconstruction manuals for Construction and Demolition Projects can be found on the Environmental Protection Agency's website, here:

Reporting is required by the City of Arcata 
Land Use Guide (PDF) Article 9.54.050-Construction Materials Recycling, and the California Green Building Code (PDF) Section 5.408 requires construction waste diversion and waste reduction. Requirements include diversion, recycling or salvaging of at least 50% of non-hazardous construction materials. 

Recycling Paint & Carpet

Need to recycle paint? You can also take it to Humboldt Waste Management Authority on one of its hazardous waste collection days which occur on the first Saturday of each month. If you are a business you can make an appointment to drop off paint or hazardous materials by calling 707-445-2005.

Humboldt Waste Management Authority now provides carpet recycling. Access the How-To Guide For Post Consumer Carpet Recycling In Humboldt County (PDF), .

Humboldt Waste Management Authority

1059 W Hawthorne Street
Eureka CA 95501
Ph: 707-268-8680

Main Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Recology Arcata

555 Vance Avenue
Samoa, CA. 95564
Ph: 707-822-0304

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.