Eureka Recycling Center Recycling and CRV Buyback FAQs

CRV redemption remains suspended until further notice.

Why has ‘Recycling’’ gone away?

Recycling hasn’t gone away, but CRV Buyback has been suspended. Customers can put recyclable materials in their curbside container or drop recyclables off at any Transfer Station. This includes source-separated and mixed glass, paper, cardboard, aluminum, plastic, and other materials.

Why has CRV Buyback Been Suspended?

HWMA’s priority is to protect our core essential responsibilities to collect, handle, and dispose of over 170 tons of solid wastes that enter our facility daily. An internal outbreak of coronavirus would significantly disrupt our trash handling operations.

There is a higher risk of exposure related to manually handling used beverage containers and cash transactions, coupled with the difficulty of ensuring social distancing and onsite safety guidelines are followed by the public. This threat to employee and community health was also recognized by Governor Newsom’s two Executive Orders allowing certified redemption sites to remain closed.

When will CRV Buyback resume?

CRV Buyback will remain closed for the foreseeable future. We anticipate additional challenges in the months ahead related to accommodations for high-risk employees and/or employees balancing child care/school needs.

Can HWMA Provide CRV Buyback By Appointment?

Under the CA Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act, obligated dealers and recycling centers are prohibited from providing services by appointment only.

Who is Obligated To Provide CRV Buyback?

Under the CA Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act, CalRecycle identifies convenience zones (areas within a one-half mile radius around supermarkets). Every convenience zone not specifically exempted by CalRecycle must have a dealer or a certified recycling center where customers can redeem their containers.

Where is my CRV Deposit?

This is a State Program managed by CalRecycle. The program collects deposits from beverage manufactures, who then pass the cost along to the consumer. The $0.05 or $0.10 per container that customers paid in the store does not go to your local recycling center – the collected monies support State programs.

CRV redemption centers depend on the sale of collected recyclables to recoup the costs of providing CRV reimbursement to customers and the costs to operate, staff, and ship the material to market.

As commodity market values have declined, almost half of CRV redemption sites statewide have closed. In Humboldt, there were over 10 redemption locations in 2010, and today there are 5 remaining.

How Many Convenience Zones Are In Humboldt?

CalRecycle identified 23 convenience zones in Humboldt County and granted exemptions from providing CRV redemption services to 78% of them.

  • 18 zones were granted an exemption 1 zone is unserved.
  • 4 zones are serviced either by HWMA (Eureka), Recology Eel River Disposal (Fortuna/Redway), or Humboldt Sanitation (McKinleyville).

Who Do I Complain To?

The State’s CRV program was faltering well before the pandemic, and the State is responsible for fixing it. Redemption site operators are in an akward position because consumers paid their CRV deposits – and deserve to collect it back.

We encourage customers to contact CalRecycle at 1-800-Recycle to share their ideas or frustration regarding the lack of retailers who perform CRVredemption services in Humboldt.

Other information from HWMA:

NEW HOURS: Tuesday thru Saturday 8 am to 4 pm (Effective August 11, 2020)

Customers must wear face covers and maintain a social distance of six feet at all times.

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