Now is the time not to dump and run

ARCATA – The town of Arcata needs the help of community members to remove illegal dumping and unsightly waste from the town’s streets, alleys and other public thoroughfares.

The city is required to keep streets and sidewalks clean and safe, and city crews often have to stop other jobs to pick up unwanted mattresses, sofas and clothes to haul them to the landfill.

Community members who no longer need items are encouraged to try donating them first. This ensures that unwanted items do not end up in the landfill and the person who receives them will save money and resources by not buying it new. There are various local thrift stores that accept gently used items that are in good condition. A list of local thrift stores and non-profit organizations can be found on our city’s website and in the “Don’t Litter and Don’t Run” brochure, available at City Hall or online at Please ensure all items are clean, dry and in good working order. Please call before donating to confirm which items are accepted and business hours.

If thrift stores and non-profit organizations cannot take your items, be sure to take them to the appropriate disposal site. Consult the Materials Management Guide,, to learn how to properly dispose of everything from a light bulb to appliances and furniture.

Holders of a Residential Recology account are entitled to two bulky item pickups per year at no additional cost. Call Recology at 707-683-4853 to schedule a pickup.

To report an illegal dumping, call APD at (707) 822-2424. For more information on zero waste practices, visit or call Environmental Services at (707) 822-8184.

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