Leaving Debris on the Street or in the Alley is Illegal

We would like to advise the public that leaving unwanted items and debris is against the law!580442c5a85722664203450c9809368c 300x169


Humboldt Codes


Prohibition against Littering.

It shall be unlawful for any person to dump, place, deposit, leave, dispose of, or cause to be placed or disposed of, any solid waste, garbage, swill, or any rubbish or other offensive, unsightly or decaying matter of any kind whatsoever upon or along any public highway, street, thoroughfare, or right-of-way thereof, or upon any lane, alley, park, camping place, public ground, or into or onto the bank of any stream, dry watercourse, tide water, lake or reservoir. (Ord. 1339, § 3, 7/10/1979)



In addition to the remedies provided in Sections 66796.50 through 66796.62 of the California Government Code, any person violating any provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not less than Fifty Dollars ($50.00) nor more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) per offense, or by imprisonment in the County jail for a period not to exceed ninety (90) days, or both such fine and imprisonment. (Ord. 1339, § 3, 7/10/1979)


We encourage you to help us and many others in our community fight for Zero Waste – see if you can donate your items!

As an alternative, If you cannot donate your used items, please dispose of your items with Recology or alternative local waste disposal organizations that operate in your area.

Here is an exerpt from Humboldt Recology regarding large item waste disposal:

For large items that don’t fit in your bins, like old furniture, appliances, or mattresses, you may schedule a curbside Bulky Item Pickup at no additional cost (two per year), or drop off items at the Humboldt Waste Management Authority.


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We offer curbside collection of large or bulky items, including furniture, refrigerators, mattresses, appliances, and lawn mowers (fuel and oil drained first).  Customers may schedule two curbside pickups annually at no cost. If you exceed your number of free pickups, you may request additional collections for a fee.



Customers can schedule bulky item collections for a fee. Businesses may utilize this service on a daily basis or as needed. Give us a call to receive an estimate.

We cannot accept: concrete, soil or hazardous waste such as batteries, paint, insecticides, fluorescent tubes, or oil filters.

(Note: There also may be free waste tire and electronic waste collection events throughout the year. Call HWMA at 268-8680 for more information).



Drop off items for safe disposal with the Humboldt Waste Management Authority.

To schedule your special collection contact your respective Recology repridentatve found on their website – https://www.recology.com/



If it’s possible that some of your items, such as sofas and tables, could find a new life, please consider donating to a local non-profit in Humboldt County. Not only will you be helping divert items from the landfill – you will also be helping a great organization!