Green Waste

Food and Grasscycling

compost binFood and grass clippings account for up to 1/3 of household garbage. Learn to compost and grasscycle by checking out FREE videos Composting in Minutes, Taking Care of Your Own -- Composting for the 90's and Grasscycling from Arcata video stores and the Arcata library or read Backyard Composting Made Easy. Those within the city limits, upon presentation of a water bill/receipt or a rental contract/receipt, can purchase a compost bin for $20 while supplies last. These can be purchased at the City of Arcata Environmental Services Department, 736 F Street, during regular business hours.

Greenwaste Drop-off

Wes Green Landscaping takes greenwaste and unpainted lumber, up to an equivalent of forty-eight 1 yard drops (or fewer larger loads) every calendar year,  at no charge for Arcata Garbage customers who live within city limits.  To establish a green waste drop-off account, one must present a photo I.D. and a copy of a current Arcata Garbage bill.  Once an account is established you only need to bring your photo I.D. to drop green waste. 

If you have a gardener or landscaping service, you must either email, or fax, 822-9621, a letter with the name of the person who will be dropping off green waste that that person is generating by performing gardening services at your property. 

If you live within the Arcata city limits and have garbage service but find that this system still does not meet your needs, please call the Environmental Services Department (707) 822-8184 or

Wes Green Landscaping  is located at 6360 West End Road, 1/2 mile east of the Highway 299/Giuntoli Lane overpass. Between November 1 and March 30, it is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Between April 1 and October 31, it is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information on its services call 822-8035.  Click on the link to google map  for a map to the facility.

Commercial Food Waste

Wasted food costs the commercial food service industry billions of dollars every year, but all businesses can benefit by reducing their food waste. Reducing food waste saves money and resources by reducing your purchasing, handling, disposal and energy costs. Additionally, your business can receive tax benefits from donating edible food to local food banks and other food rescue organizations.

Business Tips to Prevent Food Waste:
  1. Assess and track what food is being wasted.
  2. Choose the best waste reduction strategy for the opportunities that exist at your facility:Plate with hors d'oeuvre and wine at a restaurant table
  • Adjust food purchasing policies to prevent excess food purchasing.
  • Adjust menus to reduce frequently uneaten or wasted items
  • Adjust preparation methods and portion sizes to minimize waste 
  • Store food properly to avoid spoilage
  • Repurpose leftovers
  • Donate pre-consumer food to local food banks, soup kitchens, and shelters
  • Donate pre-consumer food to local farmers
  • Divert post-consumer food from the landfill by composting.