Zero Waste Open House at Recology Nov 12

You’re invited to join the City of Eureka’s ECO Eureka Program and Recology to celebrate Zero Waste Day!

Create fun zero waste crafts like beeswax wrap and recyclable gift wrap. Get a better understanding of how your recycling is processed here in Eureka with a recycling line tour. Recology staff will also be cooking up corn dogs- a zero waste food! This is a free and family friendly event.


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Treated Wood Waste Accepted At Hawthorne Street Transfer Station Beginning July 1st

Effective Thursday, July 1st and until further notice, HWMA is pleased to announce we were granted a 6-month variance waiver from the Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) to allow the acceptance of Treated Wood Waste (TWW) at the Hawthorne Street Transfer Station’s Tip Floor.  This waiver comes after DTSC banned the disposal of TWW at California landfills on January 1, 2021.

This waiver allows HWMA to accept and dispose of TWW to permissible landfills with proper lining and environmental controls.  TWW contains hazardous chemicals that pose a risk to human health and the environment. Arsenic, chromium, copper, creosote and pentachlorophenol are among the chemicals used to preserve wood and are known to be toxic or carcinogenic.

DTSC requires that in order to transport hazardous waste, such as TWW, persons must either be a registered hazardous waste transporter or have received a variance from DTSC.  Further information on obtaining a variance can be found at  This excludes homeowners who self-deliver less than 50 pounds of TWW.

Please review the following TWW guidelines prior to visiting HWMA’s Transfer Station:

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Christmas Tree Recycling Locations

Did you know that you can recycle your Christmas tree? 

There are free drop-off locations from McKinleyville to Rio Dell. Find the location closest to you for dates when trees are accepted. 

Interested in curbside pick-up?  Availability is limited so contact your curbside provider to see if this is an option and if there are any fees for this service.  Make sure to remove all decorations (ornaments, lights, hooks, garland, tinsel).  Sorry, flocked trees may not be recycled.ive Your Tree a New Life

Drop-Off Locations (Free Drop-Off & Recycling)

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UPDATE: Eureka CRV Buyback CLOSED Until Further notice


Traffic Congestion Impacting Del Norte Street, Fetl Street and W. Hawthorne Street

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, September 3

(Eureka, CA) Due to the overwhelming demand and long lines of customers entering the Eureka Recycling Center for CRV Buyback services, Humboldt Waste Management Authority is closing CRV Buyback Service until further notice.

The closure is necessary due to traffic congestion, safety issues to businesses, lack of emergency access, and difficulty of trash customers, contractors, and franchise haulers able to access the Transfer Station. Continue reading UPDATE: Eureka CRV Buyback CLOSED Until Further notice

Eureka CRV Buyback Reopens With Limited Service

FOR RELEASE: Tuesday, September 1

On Tuesday, September 1st, as part of our phased approach to re-opening, Humboldt Waste Management Authority’s Eureka Recycling Center will resume CRV Buyback redemption services with limited days and hours of service.

The Eureka Recycling is open Tuesday thru Saturday.  Seniors and immunocompromised individuals may drop off CRV and other recyclable materials from 8 am to 9 am. All other customers may visit the site 9am until 4pm.

As the only CRV redemption center reopening in Humboldt, Humboldt Waste Management Authority’s Eureka Recycling Center anticipates a significant demand for buyback services.  Customers are required to arrive with CRV materials pre-sorted, wear face coverings, and abide by the facility’s rules to maintain social distancing.  Sanitizers will be available for customer use.

UPDATE AS OF WED SEPTEMBER 2: Due to the long lines of customers entering the Eureka Recycling Center for CRV Buyback services, Humboldt Waste Management Authority, and the City of Eureka are detouring customers so they enter the recycling center using Del Norte Street to Felt Street to W. Hawthorne Street.

This temporary detour will enable customers to line up without impacting Broadway Street/U.S. Highway 101. 

The average wait time is currently 1 to 2 hours.  HWMA encourages customers to have their recyclable materials presorted prior to arrival and face coverings are required. 

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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?

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Eureka Recycling Center Reopens August 11

Starting August 11th, the Eureka Recycling Center will reopen Tuesdays thru Saturdays to resume acceptance of used appliances, electronic waste, TVs and screens, and source-separated recyclable materials such as cardboard, glass, paper, plastic, and metal.

CRV Buyback services remain suspended until further notice.

We apologize for the inconvenience and encourage customers to submit their concerns about the lack of CRV redemption sites in Humboldt County by calling I-800-Recycle.

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Plastic Film Recycling on Hold

We’ve been getting lots of questions about this so figured it made sense to post it here.

Plastic film recycling at the Adorni Center is currently on hold and will resume when it is safe to do so.

We’re sorry for the inconvenience. We will announce it when it is safe again.

Seed Exchange Added to Free Compost Event

In addition to being able to pick up free compost, you can now pick up some seeds.

You already knew that we are offering free compost to help kick start your veggie garden this summer, but now we’ve added a seed exchange. Take some seeds, bring some seeds.

To take place in the event, all you need to do is show up with a shovel and container and take what you need. Compost is a nutritional amendment that helps supplement your soil so plants have all the nutrients they need to grow yummy fruits and vegetables.


  • July 4, 2020
  • 9AM – 1PM
  • At Recology in Samoa (555 Vance Avenue)
  • There will also be a seed exchange. Bring some seeds, take some seeds.

This event is first come first served until we run out. Please bring your own shovel.

This is for residential use only – NO commercial use.


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