“Greenwaste” includes brush, tree branches, leaves, lawn clippings and untreated scrap lumber. It does not include dirt, sod, pressure treated or painted wood.
Greenwaste drop off is available to the public at a per ton fee lower than the solid waste tip fee. The greenwaste rate at Mad River Compost and Hawthorne St. Transfer Station is currently $90/ton (7.5 cents/lb), with a $7.00 minimum for up to 140 lbs. of disposal. City of Arcata residents with curbside garbage service, call Mad River Compost for fee variations. Fees apply at most greenwaste recycling locations, with the exception of the greenwaste drop off site in Scotia, which is free of charge. Call location for details.
There are multiple greenwaste drop off locations within Humboldt County and one curbside program operating in the City of Eureka.
Approximately 85% of the greenwaste brought to HWMA’s Hawthorne Street Transfer Station is composted at HWMA's Mad River Compost Facility in Arcata, while the remainder is used as fuel to produce energy at local bio-mass facilities.
The greenwaste used for compost is hauled to HWMA’s Mad River Compost Facility, operated by Wes Green Landscaping, where the raw greenwaste is turned into compost. Mad River Compost Facility is located at 6360 West End Road, Arcata, CA 95521.
In 2015, between the self-haul and curbside recycling programs, almost 5,000 tons of greenwaste was processed at the Mad River Compost Facility.
Inside Eureka city limits:
Recology (formerly City Garbage Company)
Mad River Compost Facility
6360 West End Road
HWMA's Hawthorne Street Tansfer Station
1059 West Hawthorne Street
Eel River Disposal & Resource Recovery
965 Riverwalk Drive
2585 Central Ave
Redway Transfer Station
Conservation Camp Road