Hazardous/Special Waste

Reduce hazardous waste by choosing safer cleaning and pest control products; buying only what you need of automotive and home maintenance items and following label instructions.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE

Humboldt County's household hazardous waste drop-off facility is located at the Humboldt Waste Management Authority waste transfer station at 1059 West Hawthorne Street in Eureka. It is open the first Saturday of each month (excluding holidays) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. No appointments are required for households but there is a 15 gallon container size limit. There is a $5 fee. If you are a business call to set up an appointment. For further information call 441-2005.

E-WASTE

Computer monitors, CPU's, copiers or any equipment with a digital read out or processing board can be recycled at Arcata Resource Recovery Center, 1445 10th Street in Arcata, at no charge.  Hours are Wednesday through Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for more information call (707) 822-5156.  You can also take your e-waste to Humboldt Waste Management Authority, 1059 W. Hawthorne in Eureka,  for a nominal fee of $2 for monitors and 5 cents/pound for other e-material. For more information call (707) 268-8020.  

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

Click on this link for the  brochure, No Drugs Down the Drain, with information on proper disposal of pharmaceuticals. 

How to dispose of used prescription drugs can be confusing.  Some say it is safe to flush medicines down the toilet, others say to throw them in the garbage.  Neither is a good option as both methods of disposal introduce pharmaceuticals into our water either directly through the wastewater treatment plant or indirectly when they leach out of a landfill.  Non-controlled-substances can be taken to Humboldt Waste Management Authority (HWMA) in Eureka, please call for more details or to arrange drop off, 441-2005.  In addition to HWMA, Open Door Clinics in McKinleyville, Arcata and Eureka have drop boxes where you can drop your left over medicines during normal business hours.

PAINT

At no charge, paint can now be taken to Arcata Resource and Recovery Center at 1445 10th Street in Arcata.  Hours are Wednesday through Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

MOTOR OIL & FILTERS

Motor oil never wears out and can be recycled, cleaned and used again.  Motor oil poured into the ground or into storm drains or tossed into trash cans - even if in a sealed container - can contaminate our streams and Humboldt Bay.  Recycling your used motor oil reduces this pollution threat.  You can receive 40 cents/gallon for your used motor oil by taking it to a certified used oil collection center.  Franklin's Service at 1903 Heindon Road, 822-1975, is Arcata's certified used oil collection center. Call for hours before bringing your used motor oil.  Click here to access an interactive list of certified used oil collection centers maintained by CalRecycle.

DO YOU CHANGE YOUR OWN MOTOR OIL? YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A FREE OIL DRAIN CONTAINER IF YOU LIVE WITHIN CITY LIMITS!

For a limited time, the City of Arcata Environmental Services Department is giving out oil drain containers.  To get one, during regular business hours just bring in proof of residency in the form of a water bill/receipt or a rental contract/receipt.