Recycling & Garbage

The City of Arcata developed a universal curbside solid waste and recycling collection program 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. The program requires that all single family, multifamily, and business property owners subscribe to one of the service levels for garbage and recycling collection. To sign up for service, pay your bill, or find out about rates and recycling/yard waste/garbage services visit Recology Arcata

Single-Family Residence


Residential customers receive the following services:

  • Curbside weekly recycling collection. Check out the Curbside Recycling Guidelines (PDF).
  • Curbside garbage collection. There are many bin sizes and service levels to choose from.
  • Optional curbside yard waste collection. 
  • Twice per year no extra charge bulky item pickup. Click here for more information. 
  • Access to the green waste drop-off site at no charge.

Tote Guidelines

To make sure the garbage or recycling truck’s automated arm can safely grasp each cart, please follow the guidelines outlined below.

  • Totes must have at least 6 feet clearance from parked cars, mailboxes, utility poles, fences, hedges, and trees.
  • There must be at least 3 to 6 feet clearance between totes.
  • Tote lids must close in order to prevent spilled garbage/recycling


Recycling Drop-Off Facilities

Hambro Recycling CRV Buyback Center
420 South G St.
Arcata, CA 95521
Ph: 707-954-3418

Humboldt Sanitation McKinleyville Transfer Station
2585 Central Avenue
McKinleyville, CA 95519
Ph: 707-839-3285

Humboldt Waste Management Authority (closing August 1, 2022 - Click link above for more information)
1059 W. Hawthorne Street
Eureka, CA 95501
Ph: 707-268-8680