Recycling Programs

There are four methods to recycle in the City of Rio Dell:

  1. Curbside Recycling: Call Recology Eel River (formerly Eel River Disposal) at 707-725-5156 to find out more and subscribe to a weekly curbside pickup.
  2. Self-Serve Recycling Bins: These bins are located behind City Hall at 675 Wildwood Avenue. Waste may only be deposited into the bins (not on the ground) and the area is video monitored.
  3. Composting: Yard trimmings and food account for 28% of all municipal solid waste. You can compost at home or call Recology Eel River (formerly Eel River Disposal) at 707-725-5156 to schedule a regular green waste pick up.
  4. Self-Hual: Specialty items can always be hauled to Recology Eel River (formerly Eel River Disposal) 965 Riverwalk Dr, Fortuna, CA - give them a call to find out more 707-725-5156.

Electronic Waste Collection

Annually in September, the City of Rio Dell in partnership with the Humboldt Waste Management Authority conduct an electronics recycling program. Call City Hall to find out more 707-764-3532.

Recycling FAQ

How do I sign up for curbside recycling?

To start service contact Recology Eel River  (formerly Eel River Disposal & Resource Recovery) located at 965 Riverwalk Drive in Fortuna, or call 725-5156.

Do I need to have garbage service in order to get a recycling toter?

Yes, but you have an option of garbage service for a 20 gallon can vs. the traditional 32 gallon can, and if you actively recycle you will find the 20 gallon size can to be sufficient for a family of 4 to 6 people.

When is the recycling toter emptied?

The recycling toters are emptied the first and third weeks of the month on your normal garbage pickup day. Be sure that the toter is placed in a truck assessable area at least 5 ft. away from any other objects as this is an automated process and there needs to be room for the arm on the truck to pick up the toter.

Are there any other places I can recycle in Rio Dell if I do not have garbage service?

Yes, the City of Rio Dell encourages all of its residents to recycle at its drop off bin located in the parking lot behind City Hall at 675 Wildwood Avenue.

What can I put in the recycling toter or in the free drop off bin at City Hall?

Please see our Recycling Program page for a list of items that can and can’t be deposited in the toters or in the bin at City Hall.

Where can I recycle used motor oil?

Napa Auto Parts located at 33 Center Street is a used oil drop off site. Call 764-5632 for more information.

What kind of waste can I put in my tote?

Plastic Containers

  • All CRV* plastic accepted (*California Refund Value)
  • #1 PETE clear and colored bottles e.g water and soda bottles
  • #2 HDPE translucent e.g. milk jugs
  • #2 HDPE colored or opaque bottles e.g. oil, detergent, etc.
  • #1-#7 rigid plastic containers e.g. salsa, margarine, yogurt, etc.
  • “soft” plastic e.g. plastic bags or plastic wrap

Glass Bottles and Jars

  • All colors accepted and labels are o.k. with the lids removed
  • NO window glass, ceramics, dishes, mirrors, etc.

Aluminum/Steel/Tin Cans and Aluminum Foil

  • All CRV cans accepted
  • Soup/food cans
  • Pet food containers
  • Rinsed and food free
  • Labels are o.k.

Newspapers/Cardboard/Paper Bags

  • Newspaper inserts are o.k.
  • Corrugated cardboard must be dry
  • Please flatten and remove all packing materials
  • NO milk cartons, waxed cardboard, or 6 pack holders, paper plates, cups etc.

Magazines, Catalogs, & Office Waste Paper

  • Mix of all junk mail, home and office paper
  • Pamphlets and brochures
  • NO plastic or foil gift wrap
  • NO photographs/overheads

Please do not place any styrofoam packaging products, household food waste, greenwaste, or liquid products in the recycling toter.

Litter Decomposition Rates
Paper Takes 2 – 5 Months
Orange Peels 6 Months
Milk Cartons 5 Years
Filter Tip Cigarettes 10 – 12 Years
Plastic Bags 10 – 20 Years
Leather Shoes 25 – 40 Years
Plastic Containers 50-80 Years
Disposable Diapers 75 Years
Tin Cans 100 Years
Aluminum Cans 200-500 Years

No Decomposition

Abuse of Self-Serve Recycling Bins

Eel River Disposal and the City of Rio Dell provide a recycling container in back of City Hall free of charge for residents with recyclable materials. The recycling containers are picked up twice a week for your convenience. If the containers are full, simply come back another time. Do not dump your recycleables on the ground. Continued regular abuse of this free service will likely result in its discontinuation.

Not Acceptable to Recycle

  • Auto/Mirror or Tinted Glass
  • Blueprints / Overhead Transparencies
  • Carpeting
  • Clothing
  • Hazardous Waste or Containers
  • Crystal / Glassware / Dinnerware
  • Disposable Diapers
  • Light Bulbs or Fluorescent Tubes
  • Metal or Steel Objects: Nails, Wires, Etc.
  • Paper Towels, Napkins or Facial Tissue
  • Shrink-Wrap
  • Pyrex or other Ovenware
  • Styrofoam
  • Wax Coated Cardboard
  • Hypodermic Needles

Remember, it’s important to: Rinse food from containers and remove lids. Break down all large items to maximize space. And, to not place items in front of the recycling container, blocking access.