Resources for Residents

Reduce & Reuse First


Preventing waste, or source reduction, is the first step in zero waste. Waste prevention means taking advantage o reuse, donation and other reduction opportunities to get the most environmental and economic benefits possible. The first step to achieving zero waste is to look at your current consumption habits and reduce them as much as possible. By purchasing only what you need, you are able to eliminate unnecessary waste from being generated.


After you eliminate or reduce purchasing and acquiring unnecessary “stuff," the next step is to reuse as many items 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, utensils and bags. It may also help to start your own “zero waste kit”, and get in the habit of keeping it with you.

  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

Local Donation 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 the person on the receiving end will save money and resources by not buying it new. There are many local 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 before you donate, and please call ahead to confirm hours of operation and what items can be accepted!

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 won’t take your items, make sure to take it to the appropriate disposal site.





Important Notes

Angels of Hope

1309 10th St.
Arcata, CA

(707) 822-5019

Mon-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) 822-1321

Tues & Fri: 12:30pm-4:30pm

Donations only during business hours.

No furniture or electronics.

Clothing Dock

1109 11th St.
Arcata, CA

(707) 822-8288

Mon-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.

Eco-Groovy Deals
813 H St, Arcata, CA
(707) 822-3015

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) 826-2545

Mon-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) 443-2523

Mon-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) 633-8349

Mon-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) 822-1307

Mon-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) 442-8121

Mon-Sat: 11am-6pm

Vinyl records, CDs and DVDs.

Donations accepted with approval.

Buy & trade option available.