Solid waste and recycling services

Residential Solid Waste and Recycling Services

In 2009 the Arcata City Council finalized the implementation of a universal curbside solid waste and recycling collection program. The City spent many months working with citizens to develop a unique system to recognize the efforts that Arcata residents invest in reducing waste and recycling. We sincerely hope that you will find this service a benefit to you and your household. 

The program requires that all property owners subscribe to one of the several levels for garbage and recycling collection. Note - the property owner may allow a tenant to be the customer, but the property owner will remain ultimately responsible for service charges. The program has several service / price options to continue to meet State waste reduction mandates, provide convenient service, reduce illegal disposal and public health hazards, and assist the City in moving towards the goal of zero waste in our community. For more information: Universal Garbage and Recycling Frequently Asked Questions

Residential customers receive the following services:

1. Curbside garbage collection. There are many bin sizes and service levels to choose from.

2. Access to the green waste drop-off site at no charge.

3. Curbside weekly recycling collection (2 sided rolling tote). Click here for Curbside Recycling Guidelines.

Residential Service Prices 

Service Level - Solid Waste Recycling Service Service Cost
Every other month - 30 gallon can 60 or 90 gallon tote weekly $12.12/month (+ deposit)
Once per month - 30 gallon can 60 or 90 gallon tote weekly $13.83/month (+deposit)
20 gallon can weekly service 60 or 90 gallon tote weekly $17.35/month
30 gallon can weekly service 60 or 90 gallon tote weekly $24.19/month
60 gallon can weekly 60 or 90 gallon tote weekly $49.99/month
1 yard weekly 60 or 90 gallon tote weekly $168.84/month

Multi-Family and Business Solid Waste and Recycling Services

When the Arcata City Council finalized the implementation of a universal curbside solid waste and recycling collection program the City spent many months working with multi-family and business customers to develop a unique system to recognize the efforts that Arcata's businesses invest in reducing waste and recycling. We sincerely hope that you will find this service a benefit to you and your business or your tenants.

The program requires that all multi-family and business property owners subscribe to one of the several levels for garbage and recycling collection. Note - the property owner may allow a tenant to be the customer, but the property owner will remain ultimately responsible for service charges.  The program has several service / price options to continue to meet State waste reduction mandates, provide convenient service, reduce illegal disposal and public health hazards, and assist the City in moving towards the goal of zero waste in our community.  These programs meet the state mandate that requires all businesses that generate 4 or more cubic yards of waste weekly, and all multi-family housing with five or more units, to recycle (Senate Bill 1018).

Business and multi-family customers receive the following services:

1. Curbside garbage collection. There are many bin sizes and service levels to choose from.

2. Access to the green waste drop-off site at no charge.

3. Curbside weekly recycling collection (2 sided rolling tote).  Click here for Multi-Family Curbside Collection Guidelines.

Cardboard collection for an additional fee.

Multi-Family Universal Prices

Service Level - Solid Waste

Recycling Service

Service Cost

20 Gallon can weekly service

60 or 90 gallon totes weekly

$17.83/month 

30 Gallon can weekly service

60 or 90 gallon totes weekly

$24.86/month

60 gallon can weekly service

60 or 90 gallon totes weekly

$51.39/month

1 yard weekly service

60 or 90 gallon totes weekly

$174.99/month

1.5 yard weekly service

60 or 90 gallon totes weekly

$263.38/month

2 yard weekly service

60 or 90 gallon totes weekly

$351.17/month

3 yard weekly service 60 or 90 gallon totes weekly $526.71/month
5 yard weekly service 60 or 90 gallon totes weekly $880.80/month
10 yard weekly service 60 or 90 gallon totes weekly $1,753.88/month
14 yard weekly service 60 or 90 gallon totes weekly $2,472.19/month
16 yard weekly service 60 or 90 gallon totes weekly $2,694.10/month
18 yard weekly service 60 or 90 gallon totes weekly $3,157.99/month
20 yard weekly service 60 or 90 gallon totes weekly $5,211.18/month

 

Commercial Universal Prices

Service Level - Solid Waste

Recycling Service

Service Cost

20 Gallon can weekly service

60 or 90 gallon totes weekly

$17.86/month 

30 Gallon can weekly service

60 or 90 gallon totes weekly

$24.41/month

60 gallon can weekly service

60 or 90 gallon totes weekly

$49.39/month

1 yard weekly service

60 or 90 gallon totes weekly

$174.99/month

1.5 yard weekly service

60 or 90 gallon totes weekly

$263.38/month

2 yard weekly service

60 or 90 gallon totes weekly

$350.85/month

3 yard weekly service 60 or 90 gallon totes weekly $526.28/month
5 yard weekly service 60 or 90 gallon totes weekly $877.26/month
10 yard weekly service 60 or 90 gallon totes weekly $1,743.13/month
14 yard weekly service 60 or 90 gallon totes weekly $2,456.18/month
18 yard weekly service 60 or 90 gallon totes weekly $3,157.97/month
30 yard weekly service 60 or 90 gallon totes weekly $5,211.18/month

To sign up or change service contact Arcata Garbage at (707) 822-0304.  Its hours of service are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Friday.

Potential Exclusions

There are potential exclusions from the program, which you may be eligible for.  These include owners of unimproved parcels, owners of parcels with residential and other structures that are vacant for more than two months, owners of parcels that cannot reasonably be serviced due to inadequate access, and persons who legally recycle and/or compost virtually all their solid waste. If you wish to apply for an “Opt Out” exclusion, please review the Frequently Asked Questions and contact the Environmental Services Department at 822-8184 or eservices@cityofarcata.org.