Reduce & Reuse: Prevention and Donation

  1.   For Residents  
  2. For Businesses


Preventing waste, or source reduction, is the first step in zero waste. Recycling and composting manage waste after it is generated, but waste prevention reduces the amount of materials generated in the first place. Waste prevention means taking advantage of reduction, reuse, and donation opportunities to get the most environmental and economic benefit possible. The first step to achieving zero waste is to look at your current consumption habit and reduce as much as possible. By purchasing only what you need, you are able to eliminate unnecessary waste from being generated.


After you reduce and eliminate the purchasing and acquisition of any unnecessary “stuff”, the next step is to reuse as much as possible. Switching to reusables instead of single-use not only benefits the environment but also your wallet! If you look around, there are many single-use items you use every day that can be replaced with reusables. Some common everyday items that you can replace with reusables include water bottles, mugs, eating utensils, and bags. It may also help to start your own “zero waste kit”, and get in the habit of carrying these at all times.

  1. Reusable bag
  2. Reusable napkin
  3. Beeswax wrap
  4. Reusable water bottle
  5. Reusable coffee tumbler, bottle, mug
  6. Mason Jar
  7. Reusable produce bag
  8. Reusable utensils
  9. Reusable straw

ZW Kit

Community Resources

If you no longer want/need something, the best thing you can do is to donate it. This ensures that your unwanted item does not end up in the landfill and that the person on the receiving end will save money and resources by not buying it new. There are various local thrift stores that will accept gently used items that are in good condition. Please make sure that all items are clean, dry, and in good working condition. Please call before donating to confirm items accepted and hours! Do not leave “free boxes” at the curb. Items left outside become garbage, costing the City and therefore you, thousands of dollars annually. If thrift stores don’t/can’t take your items, make sure to take it to the appropriate disposal site.

OrganizationAddressPhoneHoursImportant Notes
Angels of Hope
1309 10th St.
Arcata, CA
(707) 822-5019Mon-Sat: 10am-7pm

Sun: 11am-5pm
  • Donations accepted Tues-Sat 11am-4pm.
  • No mattresses, large appliances, pillows, or toys.
  • Free local, ground-level pick-up available Wed-Fri.
Arcata Presbyterian Church
11th & G St.
Arcata, CA 
(707) 822-1321Tues & Fri: 12:30pm-4:30pm 
  • Donations only during business hours.
  • No furniture or electronics.
Clothing Dock
1109 11th St.
Arcata, CA
(707) 822-8288Mon-Sat: 10am-6pm

Sun: 11am-5pm
  • No children’s clothes.
Companion Animal Foundation
88 Sunny Brae Center
Arcata, CA
(707) 826-7387
Tues-Fri: 10am-5:30pm

Sat: 10am-5pm
  • Donations accepted with approval.
Discovery Shop (Benefits American Cancer Society)
2942 F St. Eureka, CA
(707) 443-2155
Mon-Fri: 9:30am-5:30pm

Sat: 10am-5pm

Sun: 12pm-4pm
  • Working electronics accepted.
  • No car seats, mattresses, pillows, or medical equipment.
  • Furniture pick-up offered for $10-$20 fee, depending on location.
Food for People

307 W. 14th St.
Eureka, CA
(707) 445-3166
Mon-Fri: 9am-4:30pm
  • Accepts sealed, non-perishable food.

Humboldt Furniture
1085 K St.
Arcata, CA
(707) 825-1004
Mon-Sat: 10am-6pm

Sun: 11am-5pm
  • Buys gently used furniture & houseware.
  • Free furniture pick-up offered.

Hospice Shop
575 H St.
Arcata, CA 
(707) 826-2545Mon-Sat: 12pm-4pm
  • No kids clothes or toys.
  • No beds, mattresses, or box spring.
Reusable Office Supply Exchange (ROSE)
Warren House 53 (HSU)
Arcata, CA
(707) 826-4162 Mon-Fri: 8am-5pm
  • HSU students only. 
  • School/office supplies accepted. 
Rescue Mission Thrift Store
1030 Broadway
Eureka, CA
(707) 443-2523Mon-Sat: 10am-5:30pm
  • Donations accepted Mon-Sat 10am-5pm (larger donations before 4pm).
  • Clothing must be clean when donated.
  • No mattresses or safety devices.
SCRAP Humboldt
101 H St.
Arcata, CA
(707) 633-8349Mon-Sat: 11am-6pm
  • Accepts arts and office supplies.
  • Go to their website for a full list of accepted items.

Tin Can Mailman
1000 H St.
Arcata, CA
(707) 822-1307Mon-Fri: 11am-4pm
  • Clean donations accepted during open hours.
  • Buy-back up to 2 bags/boxes for cash or store credit.

The Works
210 C St. Eureka, CA(707) 442-8121Mon-Sat: 11am-6pm
  • Vinyl records, CDs and DVDs.
  • Donations accepted with approval.
  • Buy & trade option available.

Willow and Rags761 8th St.
Arcata, CA
(707) 822-7577Mon-Sat: 10am-6pm

Sun: 11am-5pm
  • Accepts consignments and gently used clothing.
  • 20 items or less limit per month.
  • No kids clothing.