Moving out? Donate your stuff to a worthy thrift store!

Moving out? Donate your stuff to a worthy, local thrift store!

Donate your stuff to a worthy thrift store!

When moving out, save precious landfill space and take your reusable stuff to businesses listed in "Don't Dump and Run--Recycle, Reuse and Donate!" the City's guide to Arcata's thrift stores, book stores, hazardous waste and recycling collection facilities. Please do not leave household goods in driveways, sidewalks, streets or parks. The recycling guide is available online here, at City Hall, the Arcata Library and Arcata laundromats.


May 1, 2015

Moving? Don’t Dump and Run! Check Out the Arcata Recycle, Resell and Donate Guide 

Arcata residents, are you moving? Are you looking for a way to get rid of some perfectly good possessions? Send them to one of Arcata’s thrift stores, not the landfill.

The City of Arcata has prepared a helpful recycling guide: Moving? Don’t Dump and Run! Recycle, Resell and Donate. The guide lists local thrift stores and recycling centers and the times that they can accept donations so your old stuff doesn’t end up in the landfill.

When moving, please refrain from leaving free boxes out on sidewalks, streets or driveways. Each year, City work crews haul truckloads of sofas, mattresses and household garbage from Arcata’s sidewalks, parks and streets because they are required to keep these areas clear and safe.

“People think they’re recycling when they leave out free boxes,” says Public Works Superintendent Cliff Poulton, “but what actually happens is people take some things, scatter the rest of it, and the City has to pick up what is now garbage in the City right-of-way. Our crews are not out paving streets because they’re picking up people’s garbage.”

It is a violation of the California Penal Code and Arcata’s Municipal Code, to dump household garbage or any other solid waste onto any street, alley, sidewalk, private property or body of water.

Get your Recycle, Resell and Donate brochure at Arcata City Hall, the Arcata Library, laundromats around the City and online at

If you are a landlord in Arcata would like a free supply of these brochures, please contact the Arcata Environmental Services Department at (707) 822-8184 or email