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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Construction and Demolition Industry Survey

Are you in the construction and demolition industry?

Please take our survey to help us better understand the current waste disposal and reuse trends in the industry.

You can take the survey online here:

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Honored Zero Heroes Personify Zero Waste Values 

Zero Waste Humboldt announces the 2021 Zero Heroes and invites the public to join in honoring them at the annual Zero Heroes Night on Thursday, September 23rd, at 5:30 P.M. 

ZWH Board President Kelly Fortner welcomes business colleagues, customers, friends, and community members to join in celebrating the waste reduction successes of six Humboldt businesses and one individual this year. “These honorees are models for integrating Zero Waste methods into their business operations and personal lives,” she said. “The coronavirus Delta variant’s spread has caused us to celebrate and present their stories in a virtual event. Please join us in viewing short videos to learn about their creativity and dedication to Zero Waste values.” Join the event by going to: or by contacting 

The following 2021 Zero Heroes will be honored Thursday evening, September 23rd: 

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Free Compost For Food Independence

It’s Spring and that means it’s time to declare your food independence by kicking off your garden! Join the City of Eureka, Recology, and Cooperation Humboldt as we join forces to ensure everyone has access to nutritional food and is empowered to grow their own!

We are offering free compost to help kick start your veggie garden this Spring. 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.


  • Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021
  • Time: 9 AM PDT – 1 PM PDT
  • Location: 555 Vance Ave, Samoa, CA 95564, United States

**This is for residential use only- NO commercial use**

  • This event is first come first served until we run out.
  • Please bring your own shovel.
  • Please bring a mask and keep 6 feet apart from others.
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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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2021 Business Training and Zero Waste Certification Webinars

These webinars are designed for Humboldt businesses, schools,
and contractors joining the ZWH consulting team.

Benefits to participants

  • Cost savings from waste reduction
  • Zero Waste Humboldt (ZWH) public acknowledgment and promotion of successful Zero Waste businesses
  • Checklist, worksheets, templates, and follow-up technical assistance to adopt ZW methods
  • “Bragging Rights” by calculating reduced greenhouse gas emissions from waste reduction

Dates, Times, Details:

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Zero Heroes to be Honored November 15

Zero Waste Humboldt invites the public to join their 2020 celebration, Zero Heroes Night, on Sunday, November 15 at 7:00P.M. The five honorees represent a wide variety of efforts to reduce waste in Humboldt County and have been inspiring examples of adopting Zero Waste methods.

To honor the Zero Heroes and join this virtual celebration,  go to or . An online auction hosted by Carl Johnson’s with fun, outdoor sports and practical auction items during COVID19 will soon be posted before the event. Proceeds will support Zero Waste Humboldt’s new consumer education and advocacy program and ZW Business Certification Program in 2021. To learn more, email .

The five honored businesses are:

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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.

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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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