Contact/About Us

About Us

Humboldt Waste Management Authority (HWMA) was established by a Joint Powers Agreement comprised of the County of Humboldt and the Cities of Arcata, Blue Lake, Eureka, Ferndale and Rio Dell in 1999. The Authority is governed by a six-member Board of Directors who regularly meet and provide direction to the Authority’s Executive Director.

HWMA owns and is responsible for the operation and maintenance activities associated with the Hawthorne Street Transfer Station and Recycling Center, and the Cummings Road Landfill. The Authority receives municipal solid waste (garbage) and curbside recycled materials delivered by franchise haulers, and is a One-Stop Drop off for the general public for self-hauled municipal solid waste, recycling services and other material diversion programs and services.

Since 1999, HWMA has been committed to waste reduction and materials diversion activities, beginning with diversion of green waste from the local landfill, expanding over the years to include recycling, CRV Buy-Back, household hazardous wastes, universal wastes (batteries, CFL bulbs, medical sharps), electronic wastes, appliances, oil and other automotive fluids, carpet recycling, paint-care and re-use, and tires. Authority staff work closely with our member agencies, franchise haulers and the public to identify opportunities to reduce, re-use and remove other materials from conventional landfills.

The Cummings Road Landfill ceased landfill activities in June of 200, and following several years of planning and permitting, the landfill underwent construction closure activities that were completed in 2016. The Authority is responsible for 30 years of closure/post-closure maintenance and monitoring activities.

HWMA does not provide or oversee any curbside services, nor the rental of boxes or bins. If you need these services, please contact your local franchise hauler. A complete list is found here (link).

Contact Us

HWMA staff takes great pride in serving our customers, and the HWMA Hawthorne Street Transfer Station and Recycling Center is open seven (7) days a week to assist you with your disposal and recycling needs.

Business Office
Please contact our Business office for general information or billing questions, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Household Hazardous Waste Appointments
Please call to schedule an appointment to drop off materials.
(707) 441-2005
Management Staff
Executive Director
Administrative Services & Finance Director
Operations & Facilities Management Director
(707) 268-8680

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