Help Your Garden and Your Wallet by Being Green Waste Savvy
Don’t let your grass, leaves, weeds, tree trimmings and other green waste items cost you to send them to the landfill. Help your garden and your wallet by composting.
Arcata Garbage customers can drop off green waste at no extra charge at Wes Green Landscape Materials at 6360 West End Road in Arcata. To do that you will have to set up an account and provide proof that you have garbage collection service. Once you complete the sign up process you can bring them your grass, leaves, brush and tree trimmings, Christmas trees, unpainted wood, lumber, wooden shingles and pallets (broken down). No food waste, please!
Stop by the City of Arcata to purchase an Earth Machine compost bin at a discounted rate of only $20! The bin is available to anyone who lives within city limits. The compost bin is a great way to recycle your composted kitchen and yard waste back into your garden and save money on fertilizer.
If you don’t have the space or time to compost yourself you can sign up for Arcata Garbage Company’s green waste pickup program. When residents sign up for this voluntary curbside service they receive a 95 gallon tote that gets picked up every other week. This 12 month commitment costs $8 for two months. Green waste is taken to Wes Green where it is composted.
Composting organic materials can build healthy soil, keep materials out of the landfill and conserve water and energy. California disposes of 30 million tons of waste in landfills each year and 30 percent of that can be composted. Applying compost to gardens can also lower watering bills by 30 percent, so throwing green waste in the trash is really like throwing money down the drain.
For more information about the discounted compost bin or any of these green waste services, visit www.cityofarcata.org/294/Food-Yard or call the Arcata Environmental Services Department at 707-822-8184.