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.

Zero Waste Action Plan


The City of Arcata has completed a draft Zero Waste Action Plan and has received comments from Arcata citizens and businesses on the draft Plan. The 10-year Plan identifies various waste prevention, reuse and recycling practices Arcatan's can use to get as close as possible to zero waste. Review the draft Plan

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.
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Coming soon! More Zero Waste Info

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