The City of Ferndale makes it easy to recycle much of your trash, keeping it out of landfills or being illegally dumped.
There are several recycling dumpsters located behind the Police Department at 600 Berding St. Plastics, metals, paper and cardboard are accepted.
Eel River Disposal offers single stream curbside recycling for city residents, as well as a drop-off location in Fortuna, where you can recycle many more materials, such as vehicles, as well as receive pay-back for CRV items.
Humboldt Waste Management Authority (HWMA) owns and operates a transfer station that includes garbage drop off, green waste drop off, a recycling center and a household hazardous waste collection facility. They are located at 1059 West Hawthorne, Eureka CA.< Mandatory Commercial Recycling Notice (pdf)
In October 2014 Governor Brown signed AB 1826 Chesbro (Chapter 727, Statutes of 2014), requiring businesses to recycle their organic waste on and after April 1, 2016, depending on the amount of waste they generate per week. This law also requires that on and after January 1, 2016, local jurisdictions across the state implement an organic waste recycling program to divert organic waste generated by businesses, including multifamily residential dwellings that consist of five or more units (please note, however, that multifamily dwellings are not required to have a food waste diversion program). Organic waste (also referred to as organics throughout this resource) means food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste. This law phases in the mandatory recycling of commercial organics over time, while also offering an exemption process for rural counties. In particular, the minimum threshold of organic waste generation by businesses decreases over time, which means an increasingly greater proportion of the commercial sector will be required to comply.