Help Maintain Essential Waste Services in Humboldt

With an increase in home activity due to COVID-19 and the shelter-in-place order, families and households are disposing of more waste than usual at home.

Our community’s curbside waste pickup service will continue to serve this essential community need due to the hardworking employees of Recology who continue to operate garbage and recycling trucks and the Materials Recovery Facility in Samoa. This service strives to operate as consistently as possible during a time when many things are uncertain. As we all are trying to find ways to support our community and give back in a time of need, we ask you to consider how proper waste management systems rely on you and the choice you make at your trash and recycling bin.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Bins On Curb: To tip bins into the truck, bins must have clearance for a mechanical arm to come down. So please do not block your bins, and please do not overfill them, as the truck driver will have to correct these issues and this increases risks to unnecessary exposure.  
  • Visual Audit: Each truck features a camera for the driver to see what is being tipped into the truck. If a driver identifies non-recyclable items in the recycling, they will leave an “Oops Tag” on the bin to let you know the issue identified. Please be sure to take corrective action and learn from the feedback.
  • Recycling Sorting: Recycling is hand sorted in Samoa at Recology’s Materials Recovery Facility. Up to 30% of material on the sorting line is trash. Making sure you are cleaning and recycling the proper materials will protect the safety and welfare of these workers who too often are unnecessarily pulling trash off the recycling line because a resident made the wrong decision at the bin.  
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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:

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Free Christmas Tree Recycling Locations

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree, Whatever shall we do with thee… Please, Please, Recycle Me…

Please Remove all tinsel, decorations and ornaments.

There are free drop-off locations all over our county.

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Recology Open House: “Our Waste Revealed” on Nov 10

You are invited to join the City of Eureka and Recology to learn about our community’s waste at a Recology Open House on November 10th from 9am-11am.

The City of Eureka is in the process of developing a Zero Waste Action Plan and this event will serve as an educational and public input opportunity.

A once in a lifetime chance:

You get to join Eureka City Councilmembers to work the recycling line and firsthand experience our communities waste. You will not only get an in-depth understanding of how recycling works, you will also see what doesn’t work! We will also be offering guided tours of the facility.

There will also be presentations by Recology, City of Eureka, and Zero Waste Humboldt on local waste related topics including the City’s Zero Waste Action Plan process. This includes opportunity to provide input on the City’s Zero Waste Action Plan and staff will be available for questions. 

This is family friendly and free to the public. We will also be offering a free pancake breakfast and zero waste activities.

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City of Eureka Launches Zero Waste Planning Process

You are invited to join the City of Eureka in launching its Zero Waste planning process on Wednesday, August 7, 2019.

This event will be held at the Adorni Center at 1011 Waterfront Dr. in Eureka from 6pm-7:30pm.

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Humboldt Waste Management Authority Disposal Guide

Humboldt Waste Management Authority offers disposal options for a variety of items from trash to TVs. They have provided these visual disposal guides to ensure you are disposing of unwanted items properly.

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Video: ECO Eureka Community Meeting in February

On February 13, 2017, E.C.O. Eureka hosted a special event to bring the community together to help shape the city’s environmental future.

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