The Eureka Recycling Center is currently decertified and is no longer offering CRV buyback services. There is currently no time table for this service to return.
Effective Monday, October 5th Humboldt Waste Management Authority’s Eureka Recycling Center will resume recycling drop-off services 7 days a week. CRV Buyback services have been discontinued.
Customers are required to arrive with clean and dry recyclable materials that are presorted prior to arrival, to wear face coverings and abide by the facility’s rules to maintain social distancing. Sanitizers are available for customer use. Presorting of materials will assist in the efficient placement of materials into bins or carts.
Eureka Recycling Center customers may drop off source separated recyclable materials (cardboard, glass, plastic, metal), used appliances, electronic wastes and televisions/screen devices Monday thru Saturday from 8 am until 4 pm, and Sundays 10 am until 4 pm.
HWMA has offered CRV redemption services to the Eureka community since 2009. With the recent decertification of the CRV redemption centers in Fortuna, McKinleyville and Redway sites in late August, the Eureka Recycling Center facility does not have the physical capacity to manage CRV Buyback services for the entire county. HWMA requested that CalRecycle allow CRV buyback services by appointment in an effort to temporarily manage inbound customers and material. CalRecycle determined that appointments are not permissible and HWMA reluctantly submitted its notice of decertification.
HWMA will continue to work with our State representatives to identify potential remedies for CRV Buyback services. Our hope is that, with State assistance, we can aid the opening of one or more CRV redemption centers in local communities that are accessible and convenient so customers may redeem their containers for their CRV deposits.
The Eureka Recycling Center is also a state- certified appliance recycler. Several HWMA employees have EPA 608 certification, qualifying them to safely remove mercury switches and ozone-depleting refrigerants from waste appliances. After removal of all hazardous wastes, these “white goods” are baled and marketed as scrap metal.
HWMA is a certified Electronic Waste Collector. Electronic wastes, such as televisions, computers, radios, and microwaves are accepted at no-charge for residents; commercial customers may dispose e-waste for a small fee. These items are then logged, palletized and transported.
Source separated non-CRV recyclables, such as cardboard, rigid plastics, and scrap metal, are densified onsite by use of a two-ram horizontal baler. These baled materials are then sold as commodities, typically to buyers in Oregon or the San Francisco Bay area.
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