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Posted on: March 10, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Celebrate Global Recycling Day

A parent holds out a bag for children to place recycling in

Global Recycling Day is an annual event on March 18 that helps humanity acknowledge recycling as a key part of a circular economy and contributes to protecting the environment and Earth’s natural resources.

Global Recycling Day started five years ago as a way to bring a different perspective to what people throw away. Old items must not be seen as waste, but as an opportunity to use something again. It is a way for individuals to recognize the importance of recycling to preserve primary natural resources. The City of Arcata encourages residents to celebrate Global Recycling Day by avoiding wishful recycling, properly sorting their recyclables in their recycling bin and reusing recyclable items whenever possible.

“Wishful recycling” is when people toss items into the recycling bin that they hope are recyclable without knowing if they actually are recyclable. One way to ensure that items are recyclable is to visit Recology’s “What Bin” webpage at

Sorting recyclables properly and avoiding wishful recycling is critical to keeping recyclable material out of the landfill. When non-recyclable items are mixed with recyclables, the recyclables become contaminated and must be taken to the landfill. It is important that green waste materials go in the green waste bin or are hauled to a compost facility. Cardboard, paper, glass, metal and plastic containers should be placed in the recycling bin. Items should be clean and dry when placed loosely in the bin. There are also several recycling facilities across Humboldt County that can accept items that are not allowed in a curbside bin, such as electronics, mattresses or batteries.

Instead of recycling an item, remember it can be reused around the house! Examples of this include using jam jars as drinking cups, organizing cables by using bread bag tabs, using aluminum cans as pen organizers and creating waterproof lint logs by reusing toilet paper rolls and dryer lint.

Please visit for more information and a helpful flyer or call Environmental Services at (707) 822-8184. 

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