Zero Waste

Arcata is striving to achieve zero waste. Zero waste is a materials management approach that first prevents waste and then establishes reuse and recycling policies, programs, and infrastructure for all materials entering the community. The goal is to ensure that nothing is sent to a landfill or incinerator. The City Council set the 2015-2016 zero waste goal (PDF) to provide leadership in the environmental progress of the city. Download the zero waste guide for City of Arcata residents to help you reduce and divert your waste. 

Zero Waste Action Plan

The Arcata City Council adopted a Zero Waste Action Plan written by Zero Waste Humboldt with input from Arcata citizens and businesses. The 10-year Plan identifies various waste prevention, reuse and recycling practices Arcatans can use to get as close as possible to zero waste. 

How You Can Help

  1. Prevent waste in your home and at your work.
  2. Recycle and compost whenever possible.
  3. Handle hazardous & special materials with care.


Food Waste Survey:

Please take a moment to complete a brief graduate research survey on household food waste in Arcata!

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Prevention & Reuse


Hazardous & Special


Food & Yard

Composting Cartoon

Construction & Demolition

Construction & Demolition

Recycling & Garbage


Coming soon! More Zero Waste Info