Moving in? Recycle and reuse!

Arcata recycle, reuse and donation guide to thrift stores available at City Hall

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When moving in or out, save space in our landfills and take your reusable materials 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. You can save a lot of cash by furnishing your new home with thrift store goods, too. The guide is available online here, at City Hall, the Arcata Library and Arcata laundromats.


August 15, 2014 

Moving in? Visit your local thrift stores and recycle packing material

Arcata residents and students, are you moving in? Are you looking for a way to get some household items without emptying your bank account? Check out Arcata’s many thrift stores.

The City of Arcata’s helpful recycling guide: Moving? Don’t Dump and Run! Recycle, Resell and Donate lists local thrift stores that can help you find some great deals. The guide also lists recycling centers that will take packing materials and keep them out of the landfill.

And if you need to get rid of some household goods, please donate them to a thrift store instead of leaving them on the sidewalk in a free box. Each year, City work crews haul dumpsters full of sofas, mattresses and household garbage from Arcata’s sidewalks, parks and streets.

“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