Self-Haul Recycling Still Available At HWMA

Recycling Update:

The public may still self-haul their recyclables to Humboldt Waste Management Authority (HWMA) Transfer Station (right side entrance). However all material is placed into the mixed stream bins and charged a minimum $2.00 fee.

Recognizing the recycle center could spread Covid-19 by direct handling of used recycling containers, on March 16th we suspended CRV Buy Back activity in an effort to protect health and safety of our employees and community.  A constant challenge under normal operations has been related to the public crowding each other and our employees.  We are examining how we can resume activities and maintain social distancing when it is deemed safe to do so.  CalRecycle was charged with developing guidelines that are expected released today under the Governor’s order issued last week and we will evaluate the information once it is issued.

We are not accepting source separated material as we don’t have the space on the transfer station side to store the bins, nor available staffing to receive and operate source separated activities such as the baler.  Recycling staff were reassigned to receive training and provide coverage at the landfill in the event of illness outbreak, as well as being assigned to the Transfer Station. ​

Household Hazardous Press Release follows:


EUREKA, CA –  Beginning April 20th, HWMA will accept business generated hazardous waste by appointment only. Our HHW acceptance hours for business hazardous waste will be limited to one day a week – Thursdays from 9am to 4pm.

At this time, acceptance of hazardous waste will be limited to business generated waste. HWMA will continue to evaluate staffing levels and resume acceptance of residential hazardous waste at a future date once staffing allows. 

HWMA is committed to a phased return of our services, and one that ensures the health and safety of our customers and employees during Covid-19. We have taken steps to ensure social distancing rules will be followed, and ask customers to reschedule their appointment if they are feeling unwell. HWMA will continue to evaluate additional opportunities of expansion of hours based on guidance from Federal, State and the Humboldt County Department of Public Health.

Visit HWMA’s website or contact HWMA’s Main Business Office at (707) 268-8680 for additional information. We Thank you for your understanding. 

For more information, press only:
Jill Duffy, Executive Director

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