On August 11, 2020, the Eureka Recycling Center will reopen for most of the services it provided before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and the various state and local shelter-in-place orders. However, at this time, CRV Redemption Services will remain suspended until further notice. The Eureka Recycling Center will continue to provide no-charge disposal of separated recyclable materials such as plastics, scrap metal, glass, cardboard, and paper. Appliance and electronic waste disposal will resume at the recycling center, and will no longer be accepted on the trash side of the Transfer Station.
Customers are asked to respect social distancing (remain six feet apart from other customers and employees), and to wear face masks while on site.
The Eureka Recycling Center is also a state- certified appliance recycler. Several HWMA employees have EPA 608 certification, qualifying them to safely remove mercury switches and ozone-depleting refrigerants from waste appliances. After removal of all hazardous wastes, these “white goods” are baled and marketed as scrap metal.
HWMA is a certified Electronic Waste Collector. Electronic wastes, such as televisions, computers, radios, and microwaves are accepted at no-charge for residents; commercial customers may dispose e-waste for a small fee. These items are then logged, palletized and transported.
Source separated non-CRV recyclables, such as cardboard, rigid plastics, and scrap metal, are densified onsite by use of a two-ram horizontal baler. These baled materials are then sold as commodities, typically to buyers in Oregon or the San Francisco Bay area.
For businesses that qualify under AB341 (Mandatory Commercial Recycling), selfhauling your recyclables is just one of many ways to become AB 341 compliant. If you are a business and have never heard about AB 341 or you already know about the law but want to find out more please click here.