FAQ Page2012-12-05T17:20:13-08:00
What if my oil becomes contaminated?2018-06-07T23:38:16-07:00

Label the container and bring it to our annua, FREE household hazardous waste collection event!

What can also be recycled?2018-06-07T23:37:46-07:00

Power steering, transmission and brake fluids can be brought to used oil collection sites using the same preparation process. Don’t forget to use seperate labeled containers! See also: What is and what is NOT used oil.

What is the California Commercial Recycling Mandate?2017-04-14T17:23:24-07:00
What are recycling requirements for Businesses?2017-04-14T17:22:11-07:00
What are Property Owner’s responsibilities under Authority Ordinances?2017-04-14T17:20:03-07:00
Understand What Package Labels Can Tell You2016-11-17T23:28:52-08:00

Below are some of the terms producers will use to label their more earth-friendly products and packages, and what they mean for you.


Unfortunately, just because the package says it is recyclable does not mean that you can actually recycle it in Del Norte.   Some people think that if they put such a product in the trash, it somehow gets recycled, but that is not true.   Click here for more information on recycling in Del Norte County.


This package is made from a combination of post-industrial and post-consumer materials.

Post-consumer content

This package contains some portion of materials actually collected from recycling programs like the ones in Del Norte, from people like you.

CA Redemption Value

These beverage containers packages have deposits which you pay at the grocery store, and can collect at Julindra Recycling.

Let Manufacturers Know What You Think2016-11-17T23:28:22-08:00

Let the manufacturer know what you think about their product and package. Most products will have the manufacturer’s phone number and/or address on the label. When you express your opinion on the durability, toxicity, or recyclability of their product or package, they will assume that you represent hundreds of people who had the same thought, but didn’t call. So simply by complaining when a manufacturer changes to an unrecyclable package or commending a company which makes a non-toxic alternative to a hazardous product, you can have a big influence on the market. You can also join groups which work on these issues, like the California Product Stewardship Council or Californians Against Waste.

Consider the Lifecycle Impacts of Your Choices2016-11-17T23:27:53-08:00

As we use each new product in our lives, we share the responsibility for the environmental impacts of that product as it was created: as the raw materials were extracted, processed and manufactured. We also share in the impacts of producing the energy necessary to make and use the product, and to collect once it is discarded. Finally, we share in the impacts as the product as we used it, then recycled, composted, burned, disposed or dumped it.

Shop Without Travelling2016-11-17T23:27:31-08:00

If something you need is not available locally, try shopping on the world wide web or by catalog mail order. You can make sure you only get the catalogs you want by following the tips on Reducing Junk Mail.

Shop at Home First2016-11-17T23:27:07-08:00

You can keep our local economy healthy just by consciously choosing to Shop at Home, buying from locally owned stores. If you don’t see what you need, ask if the store can order it for you. The more we shop out of the area, the fewer services remain available locally, and the more we force ourselves to shop out of the area.

Make a List, Stick to It, & Combine Trips2016-11-17T23:26:41-08:00

This is a good way to avoid impulse buying which can lead to waste, while saving time and/or gasoline.

Will Recology Del Norte recycle electronics?2016-11-17T19:55:17-08:00

Never put electronics in your trash or recycling carts or bins, but you can get these collected for no extra charge.  If Recology Del Norte has collected trash from your single-family residence for the past three months, you are eligible for two free bulky item collections each year.   One of those bulky items can be a box of e-wastes (less than 100 pounds) or a television.   Call Recology Del Norte at 464-4181 to schedule your collection.
Even apartments, trailer parks and multi-family complexes are eligible for a limited number of bulky collections.  You may need to make arrangements with your landlord or property manager who will coordinate bulky item collections for your multi-family complex through Recology Del Norte.

How can I recycle electronics in Del Norte as a self-hauler?2016-11-17T19:54:49-08:00

Electronic discards may be recycled daily at the Del Norte County Transfer Station.  Just keep e-waste separated, as electronics are placed in containers separated from other trash. Televisions, computer monitors, and cell phones are accepted for no charge. The minimum charge for up to 40 pounds of e-waste is half of the minimum charge for mixed wastes, though the price per ton is the same.

What should I do with my electronic discards?2016-11-17T19:54:27-08:00

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.  You can reduce your generation of e-waste by buying devices that are more durable, or which can be easily repaired.    Reuse still functioning electronic equipment by donating or selling it to someone who can still use it, or by buying used equipment.  Recycle those components that cannot be repaired.

Televisions, Computers and Consumer Electronic Devices (e-waste)2016-11-17T19:53:54-08:00

Electronic product discards, sometimes called ‘e-waste’ can include computers, televisions, VCRs, stereos, copiers, fax machines, printers, electronic games, audio or video equipment,
digital clocks, phones, and most anything with a circuit board in it.  Such e-waste products often contain heavy metals and other materials that make them hazardous, and it is  illegal to dispose of e-waste in trash or recycling carts.

Fluorescent Tubes or Bulbs2016-11-17T19:51:50-08:00

Fluorescent tubes or bulbs from residents are accepted at the Del Norte County Transfer Station at no charge (residential fluorescent bulbs only) seven days a week.  Should you have a break a fluorescent tube or bulb, ventilate the area where the tube or bulb broke for 15 minutes, then wear a dusk mask to clean up the area.  Place broken tubes or bulbs in a paper bag, and keep this separate from your regular garbage.   Please tell the Del Norte County Transfer Station gate attendant if you have fluorescent bulbs, tubes, or a broken fluorescent tube or bulb before disposal.

There is a charge to recycle fluorescent tubes from commercial businesses.   If your business has a large number of fluorescent tubes to dispose or recycle, you may want to order pre-paid mail-back boxes for recycling fluorescent tubes – call the Authority at 465-1100 for more information on these services.

Household Batteries2016-11-17T19:46:17-08:00

All household batteries, including all alkaline, all rechargeable, all carbon-zinc, as well as all button cells, and battery packs from rechargeable devices can now be recycled at two dozen locations in Del Norte County, including the Del Norte County Transfer Station. To store batteries prior to recycling, tape one end of each battery with masking, duct or electrical tape, and keep such household batteries separate from other trash.


Fats, Oils, and Greases2016-11-17T19:44:59-08:00

Food grade fats, oils, and greases may also be recycled at the Del Norte County Transfer Station for no charge.


You can save over 60% the cost to dispose of carpet by following these steps and recycling that carpet and carpet padding at the Del Norte County Transfer Station.  Carpeting must be free from any debris and rolled in manageable sections.  Carpet padding may also be recycled in the carpet recycling trailer.  You will need to be able to carry each roll up a ramp and load the carpet into the carpet recycling container.  Carpet tack strips and linoleum are trash, and must be disposed separately.

For more information, you can see Carpet America Recovery Effort’s website here: httpsss://carpetrecovery.org/california/

Autos & Metals2016-11-17T19:42:33-08:00

Junk Autos may be recycled through A1 Auto Wreckers at 464-7732.

To report an abandoned vehicle, call the Sheriff’s department at 464-4191.  You may also call the code enforcement officer for the County at 464-7254.

Keep your metals separate from your trash, and you can recycle them at the Del Norte County Transfer Station –  saving about 80% of the cost to dispose of those metals as trash!

Paint & Books2018-06-11T23:23:43-07:00

Non-aerosol paints and stains are accepted at the Del Norte County Transfer Station free of charge.  Paints will be accepted only in their original sealed, non-leaking container with the original label.  For a complete list of acceptable materials, click here.


Car Batteries & Antifreeze2016-11-17T19:38:46-08:00

Car batteries and other lead acid batteries are accepted at the Del Norte County Transfer Station free of charge.

Antifreeze (ethylene glycol) is accepted at the Del Norte County Transfer Station free of charge.  Please bring in a sealed container.  Contaminated antifreeze will not be accepted.

Used Motor Oil & Oil Filters2016-11-17T19:39:46-08:00

There are currently five certified oil recycling centers in Del Norte County.  These centers will offer to pay you $0.40 per gallon of uncontaminated oil.  Oil needs to be in sealed containers of not more than five gallons.  For more information on how to recycle your used motor oil, click here. Auto shops, trucking firms, those with farm equipment or other small businesses can now. can bring their containers of uncontaminated used motor oil to the Del Norte County Transfer Station. Transfer station staff will pump and recycle oil in quantities ranging from 15 to 55 gallons for $15.00 per drum. Customers are reminded to follow state laws prohibiting the transportation of more than 55 gallons of used motor oil and to transport the oil securely in non-leaking drums or containers. Hambro WSG staff will perform the pumping service, verify the quantity pumped and return the customer’s container to them. The oil must be free of antifreeze, gasoline, solvents or water.

Used oil filters can be disposed at the Del Norte County Transfer Station  free of charge (for residents only).  Oil filters need to be drained 24 hours.

Separated and Bagged Styrofoam and Packing Peanuts2017-01-26T22:19:52-08:00

These materials are no longer recyclable in Del Norte County, and should be placed in the trash.

Separated and Bagged Office Paper & Junk Mail2016-11-17T19:30:58-08:00

Please separately bag your office paper into these categories:

1) White office paper with blue or black ink or blue or black printing, do not mix with other paper.

2) Junk mail with all envelopes opened.  This can include paper with colored ink or pastel colored papers.  Envelopes with or without windows are OK.  Shiny junk mail should be recycled with newspapers & magazines.  Open and empty all envelopes before recycling.

3) Shredded and colored paper which can include file folders, and pastels.  Keep colored papers separate from other paper grades.  No deep tones, fluorescent dyed papers, goldenrod colored papers or bindings.

Bagged Plastic Bags and Bubble Wrap2017-10-02T20:28:55-07:00

These materials are no longer recyclable in Del Norte County, and should be placed in the trash.

Rinsed Glass Bottles and Jars2016-11-17T19:30:11-08:00

Glass bottles and jars are accepted at most recycling locations. Glass beverage containers usually have a deposit which you can collect at Julindra Recycling if these containers are separated from other glass containers.  Glass containers need to be clean unbroken and separated by color.  Broken glass from windows, light bulbs, broken dishes and ceramics are trash and should never be included with your glass recyclables.

Magazines, Newspapers & Catalogs2016-11-17T19:29:48-08:00

Magazines, catalogs, phonebooks, paperback books, newspapers including comics and glossy color inserts are accepted at curbside and at any recycling drop off location.  Please deposit magazines in newspaper slot.  Magazines should not be wet or dirty or tied in bundles.

Flattened Cardboard and Paperboard2016-11-17T19:29:23-08:00

Corrugated cardboard (cardboard with the wavy center layer) and brown paper bags are accepted at the Del Norte County Transfer Station and Julindra Recycling.  Paperboard cereal boxes, egg cartons, paper towel rolls, toilet paper rolls, and pizza boxes can also be recycled (no food, please).   Please no waxed cardboard. Remove excess packaging tape and flatten.

Rinsed Plastic Containers without lids, crushed2016-11-17T19:27:43-08:00

Look on the bottom of your plastic containers for a number inside the triangle; plastics with numbers 1-7 can be recycled.    Please remove lids, rinse the containers out, and crush.

Aluminum and Steel Cans, Metals Caps & Lids2016-11-17T19:27:15-08:00

Metal food and beverage cans, and metal caps and lids are accepted at all Del Norte recycling locations once they have been emptied and rinsed.  Aluminum beverage cans usually have a deposit which you can collect at Julindra Recycling.  Aluminum foil and pie tins can also be recycled after rinsing.  Clean your foil of any food and crumple your foil into a big foil ball before recycling.

What is the relationship between the Authority and Recology Del Norte, and of the Del Norte County Transfer Station?2016-11-15T22:29:45-08:00

The Authority developed the service standards and request for proposals, procured competitive proposals, and selected and administers the Franchise Collections Agreement with Recology Del Norte to provide trash, recyclables, and brush collection services in Del Norte County.

The Authority and its contractors developed the facility layout, design, and construction of the Del Norte County Transfer Station to replace those services previously offered at the Crescent City Landfill prior to its closure, and to establish a location for additional separation, processing, and recovery of solid waste and recyclables should the laws and regulations for materials management change in future.   The Authority developed the service standards and request for proposals, procured competitive proposals, and selected and administers the Transfer Station Operations Agreement with Hambro/WSG.

How do people get appointed to the Del Norte Solid Waste Task Force?2016-11-15T22:29:40-08:00

Interested persons submit an application to the County Board of Supervisors or City Council to serve as volunteers on the Del Norte Solid Waste Task Force.  All applicants must be approved by a majority vote of the Board of Supervisors, and ratified by a majority vote of the Crescent City Council (or vice versa) and are appointed for terms of five years.

What is the Del Norte Solid Waste Task Force?2016-11-15T22:29:36-08:00

The Del Norte Solid Waste Task Force is a standing advisory group of citizen volunteers, as described under Public Resources Code section 40950, who meet to discuss and advise the Authority Board and CalRecycle regarding strategies, programs, and policy options for the Authority to implement, especially in relation to the Countywide Integrated Waste Management Plan and its elements as amended, implemented, and monitored by the Authority, its staff and contractors.

How do Commissioners of the Authority get elected or appointed?2016-11-15T22:29:32-08:00

Since 1992, the Authority Board has been comprised of five Commissioners.  Two were appointed by the Mayor of Crescent City from among the five elected City Councilpersons, two were appointed by the Chair of the Board of Supervisors from among the five elected County Supervisors, and one was elected by the other four Authority Commissioners.

Starting in December 2011 and through 2012, the Authority Board was comprised of the entire membership of both the Crescent City Council and the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors, with no public member and no stipends paid for service as an Authority Commissioner.   Starting in May 2013,  the Authority Commissioners once again consisted of two City Councilmembers, two County Supervisors, and one public member elected by the other four Authority Commissioners.

The Authority’s Director, legal counsel, and Treasurer serve at the will of the Board under the terms of each of their respective contracts.   The Authority’s Director works with the Del Norte County Personnel Department to hire staff and fill vacant positions.

What does the Authority do?2016-11-15T22:29:28-08:00

The First Amended Joint Powers Agreement adopted in 2012 established the Purpose, composition, organization, powers and functions of the Authority, there are six purposes of the Authority:

  1. Planning, siting, permitting, developing, constructing, maintaining, managing and providing gate attendants for public disposal sites, transfer stations, and/or sanitary landfills, and planning for and securing the services of necessary non-disposal processing facilities or other options related to recovering discarded resources and processing those materials to increase their value; (see Facilities)
  2. Preparing, implementing, and providing related monitoring, reporting, updates and revisions for programs of a Regional Agency Integrated Waste Management Plan as required under the California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989 as amended (California Public Resources Code commencing with section 40050), including programs related to used motor oil, oil filters, and household hazardous wastes and other materials and products banned from mixed waste disposal;
  3. Defining and monitoring the service standards for collections of discards in the incorporated and unincorporated area of County and the ability to grant franchises for waste hauling and/or collection and processing of mixed recyclable materials, in its discretion; (Recology Del Norte provides services under the Collections Franchise)
  4. Exercising all setting and controls on maximum rates to be charged to the public for discard collections services, and solid waste and recycling services in Del Norte County, and other appropriate powers reasonably necessary to carry out the purpose of this Agreement, including  securing disposal capacity for Del Norte County residents, agencies, and businesses as required under Public Resources Code sections 41701 and 41703;
  5. Developing, adopting, and implementing Ordinances and programs to control and prosecute illegal dumping and blight in Del Norte County associated with solid waste accumulation and storage; and
  6. Post-closure maintenance, monitoring, reporting and remediation related to the Crescent City Landfill as required by relevant Orders from the Regional Water Quality Control Board, North Coast Region, the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) the North Coast Air Quality Management District.
What is the Mission of the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority?2016-11-15T22:28:51-08:00

On 10 September 2014, the Authority Board of Commissioners adopted the following Mission Statement: “The Authority’s Mission is the management of Del Norte County solid waste and recyclable material in an environmentally sound, cost effective, efficient and safe manner while ensuring 100% regulatory compliance with law.” 

What is the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority (DNSWMA)?2016-11-15T22:29:12-08:00

It is a rural regional local government agency formed as a joint powers authority by the City of Crescent City and the County of Del Norte to administer and manage all responsibilities for solid waste, recycling, composting, and household hazardous waste facilities, services, and programs throughout Del Norte County.

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