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.

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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.

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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:

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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! 

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Useful Tips & Resources


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Got Bulky Waste? Arcata residents are entitled to two FREE bulky item pick-ups per year through Recology Arcata. Collections are scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and you are allowed up to 2 cubic yards or 500 lbs in total per pick up. No single item can exceed 200 lbs. The following items are accepted for bulky item pick up: Appliances, furniture, carpets, mattresses, household appliances including refrigerators (freon removal fees apply and shall be charged to customer’s account), ranges, washers & dryers, water heaters, dishwashers, single item construction debris (doors, toilets, sinks, plumbing fixtures), lawn mowers (oil & fuel drained), up to 9 tires, and up to 2 cubic yards of bundled green waste. To schedule a pick up or get more information, call Recology Arcata at (707) 822-0304.
movingMoving? Don't dump and run! Please 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. For more information on how to minimize waste during your move, download the Don't Dump & Run Brochure
compost2Want to minimize food waste? The City of Arcata sells The Earth Machine Composter, a 10.5 cubic foot capacity home composting vessel for $25. This 33 inch tall composter comes with a twist locking and pest resistant lid, side ventilation, and locking harvest door, making it perfect for residential composting. The Earth Machine can be purchased at the City of Arcata Environmental Services Department. You must live within city limits and present water receipt/bill or rental contract/ receipt.
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Got recycling questions? What is and isn't allowed in the curbside recycling bin? Download the Curbside Recycling Guideline to help you properly sort your recyclables. For more information about recycling, check out the main recycling and garbage page
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Are you sick of junk mail? Learn how you can reduce junk mail and minimize paper waste by downloading our junk letter infographic.
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Looking for more information? Zero Waste Humboldt, a local non profit focusing on waste reduction solutions, is a great resource!