Humboldt Waste Management Authority – Update During COVID-19 Virus Response

New Regulations for disposing of Treated Wood Waste. 

Effective Jan. 1, 2021, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) ( will no longer allow the landfill disposal of treated wood waste (TWW). This means that transfer stations and rural container drop-off sites can no longer accept TWW for disposal after Dec. 31. for more info visit

For local Christmas tree disposal and recycling options see here. 

Eureka Recycling Center is currently decertified and is no longer offering CRV buyback services. There is currently no time table for this service to return. 

Effective Monday, October 5th Humboldt Waste Management Authority’s Eureka Recycling Center will resume recycling drop-off services 7 days a week, with the Hazardous Waste Facility resuming residential drop-off services 6 days a week. CRV Buyback services have been discontinued.

Customers are required to arrive with clean and dry recyclable materials or hazardous waste materials that are presorted prior to arrival, to wear face coverings and abide by the facility’s rules to maintain social distancing.  Sanitizers are available for customer use. Presorting of materials will assist in the efficient placement of materials into bins or carts.

Eureka Recycling Center customers may drop off source separated recyclable materials (cardboard, glass, plastic, metal), used appliances, electronic wastes and televisions/screen devices Monday thru Saturday from 8 am until 4 pm, and Sundays 10 am until 4 pm.

Residential customers may resume drop-off at the Hazardous Waste Facility without appointments beginning Monday, October 5th on a first-come, first served basis. Customers may drop off hazardous materials Monday thru Saturday’s from 8 am until noon and from 1 pm until 3 pm but is closed from 12pm-1pm daily. Small business generated hazardous materials will continued to be accepted by appointment only. Call (707) 441-2005 if you have questions or to schedule a business appointment.

HWMA has offered CRV redemption services to the Eureka community since 2009. With the recent decertification of the CRV redemption centers in Fortuna, McKinleyville and Redway sites in late August, the Eureka Recycling Center facility does not have the physical capacity to manage CRV Buyback services for the entire county. HWMA requested that CalRecycle allow CRV buyback services by appointment in an effort to temporarily manage inbound customers and material. CalRecycle determined that appointments are not permissible and HWMA reluctantly submitted its notice of decertification. 

HWMA will continue to work with our State representatives to identify potential remedies for CRV Buyback services. Our hope is that, with State assistance, we can aid the opening of one or more CRV redemption centers in local communities that are accessible and convenient so customers may redeem their containers for their CRV deposits.

HWMA Main Business Office

HWMA’s Main Business Office at 1059 W. Hawthorne Street is open for limited customer activity; office staff will be limiting the total number of customers allowed into the office at any time. The most convenient way to pay your bills is by direct mail or phone. If you need to pay your bill by cash in person, please be respectful of staff’s directions to ensure appropriate social distancing . Staff will monitor and respond to your emails and phone calls. There may be some delays in responses to your queries but staff will reply as soon as possible.

Please monitor this website for updates.





Household Hazardous Waste
(707) 441-2005
Recycling & Waste Reduction
(707) 268-8030

Thursday December 31. 2020

HHWMA facilities will be closed to the public at 2pm  in observance of New Yea'rs Eve. All other hours throughout the weekend will remain unchanged from regular operating hours.

Friday, January 1, 2021

HWMA facilities will be closed to the public in observance of New Year's Day. All other hours throughout the weekend will remain unchanged from regular operating hours.

Need Curbside Collection?

HWMA does not provide or oversee any curbside collection services or bin rentals but both are available in most areas of Humboldt County by contacting your local garbage provider.

Find your curbside provider here.

News and Announcements

A new agenda and packet for the April 8, 2021 meeting of the HWMA Board of Directors is available at
A special meeting of the HWMA Board of Directors will take place on April 1, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. More information is available here.