Zero Waste

What is Zero Waste?

Arcata is striving to achieve zero waste. Zero waste is a materials management approach that first prevents waste and then establishes reuse and recycling policies, programs, and infrastructure for all materials entering the community. The goal is to ensure that nothing is sent to a landfill or incinerator by ensuring that resources we take from the earth con-tinue to be used efficiently without waste and excess burden on the environment. The City Council set the 2015-2016 zero waste goal to provide leadership in the environmental progress of the city. Download the zero waste guide for City of Arcata residents to help you reduce and divert your waste.


How do we get to Zero Waste? 

The Arcata City Council adopted a Zero Waste Action Plan written by Zero Waste Humboldt with input from Arcata citizens and businesses. The 10-year Plan identifies various waste prevention, reuse and recycling practices Arcatans can use to get as close as possible to zero waste.


The Zero Waste Action Plan outlines 8 implementation goals to help guide Arcata towards zero waste. The City of Arcata is currently striving for zero waste by fostering the following goals:

ZWAP Goals

What can I do to help?

  1. Prevent waste in your home and at your work.
  2. Recycle and compost whenever possible.
  3. Handle hazardous & special materials with care.

Ready for the next step?

Find more information and resources below to help you go zero waste! 


Useful Tips & Resources