FAQs

Although there is a fee for Greenwaste disposal, it is less than the disposal rate for Solid Waste. Greenwaste is currently $90/ton. Proper disposal protocol saves you money on your current trip.

At the Hawthorne Street transfer station in Eureka, Greenwaste should be disposed of in a specific area. Once crossing the scales of the transfer station, the Greenwaste pile is located to the left of the tip floor where solid waste is disposed. Once you have finished disposing of your Greenwaste and are ready to pay, inform the Scalehouse attendant at the window that you had Greenwaste.

Greenwaste is any type of brush or grass, from any type of plant. In addition, most pallets are accepted in the greenwaste pile, as well as unpainted and untreated wood. Dirt, sod, painted and treated woods, particle board and plywood are considered Solid Waste and should be disposed on the tip floor as garbage.

Greenwaste transported to the Transfer Station in plastic bags must be emptied before being disposed, and the bags disposed of as trash. Trash and dirt mixed with greenwaste loads must also be disposed as trash. These items, when disposed of in the Greenwaste Pile, increase the cost of properly disposing of the load; expenses that, if incurred regularly, will increase the cost to rate payers for the disposal of Greenwaste in the future.

So please, make sure to dispose of only grass, brush and untreated, unpainted wood in our Greenwaste pile.

 

Only Non Friable Asbestos will be accepted

Please see here for handeling instructions and fees.

 

Hawthorne Street Transfer StationEureka Recycling Center and Household Hazardous Waste Facility accepts check, cash, VISA and Mastercard (debit cards with a VISA or Mastercard logo are OK).

Most fees at the Eureka Transfer Station and Recycling Center are based on weight. Solid Waste and Greenwaste are charged by the ton, while Electronic Waste is charged a flat rate for monitors and by the pound for other types of electronic waste. Many large ticket items, such as appliances and couches, incur extra charges when disposed. For some items, fees apply after a maximum limit for free drop off has been reached. For a more in-depth look at the rates charged by the HWMA, please refer to our Hawthorne Street Transfer Station and to our Eureka Recycling Center.

The HWMA Main Office can answer a variety of general information questions, and can route you as necessary in the event they cannot adequately answer your inquiry. Office staff is on hand five days a week, M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The HWMA Main Office can be reached at (707) 268-8680. The Waste Reduction and Recycling Hotline provides information on HWMA’s recycling programs and alternative disposal methods for most household waste. In addition, an analyst is available most days during regular business hours to directly answer any questions you may have. The Hotline can be reached at (707) 268-8030. The Hazardous Waste Hotline will guide you through the disposal requirements for both household and commercial hazardous waste, as well as proper tire and electronic waste disposal. The Hotline can be reached at (707) 441-2005.

Humboldt Waste Management Authority manages the Hawthorne Street Solid Waste Transfer Station and Recycling Center in Eureka, which are self-haul only. Throughout Humboldt County, private haulers are contracted to provide your community with curbside garbage and/or recycling service (in more remote areas of the County, a self-haul option, rather than curbside pickup, may be what is available). Curbside service is extended to both households and businesses. Many haulers have stand alone cardboard collection service available to businesses. A list of private haulers can be seen here.

Get an account application from our admin office or email info@hwma.net for a current copy. In addition, we ask that you read and sign our credit policy, which details the methods by which we govern your account and the extra fees that may become attached to it, as necessary.

As a part of your application process, you will be asked to supply three credit references. It is important that you pick strong references, as these can help establish a good early relationship with our finance office. You will also want to choose references who respond quickly to requests for credit information. An account can be created and activated in as little as one business day, however most applications get held up in the reference check process due to slow or unresponsive references. Please make sure to notify those business partners you have chosen as your credit references that our staff will be contacting them, and to respond swiftly so that we may open your account with little wait.

 

HWMA’s Transfer Station and Recycling Center is located at 1059 W. Hawthorne Street in Eureka. We are directly behind Harbor Lanes bowling alley off of Broadway. We are open seven days a week, and are fully closed for only seven days of the year on major holidays (Easter, Independence Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's Day).

The Transfer Station operates Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Recycling Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The HWMA Main Office, located at the Transfer Station, is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Transfer Station and Recycling Center accepts check, cash, VISA and Mastercard (debit cards with a VISA or Mastercard logo are OK).