Big changes for commercial & residential customers of Humboldt Waste

EUREKA, Calif. (KIEM)-If you have any electronic devices you’d like to dispose of, now is a good time to do it and it’s at no cost.

Jill Duffy is executive director of Humboldt Waste Management Authority.

“We’ll be accepting those at no charge for residential customers, additionally we are going to have some changes with accepting of asbestos,” she said. “We’ll be changing our rates so that if you’re are a commercial business it will be $10 for a special handling fee instead of the former $125, and then the cost of the weight.”

Electronic waste or “E-waste” contain harmful material such as lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium or other heavy metals.

When disposed in landfills those toxic materials can leach into our waterways and soil, damaging personal and environmental health.

E-waste may be brought to the Eureka recycling center during regular operating hours.

The other big change is associated with the disposal of carpet.

HWMA’s rates have dropped from $90 to $10 per ton with a two dollar minimum.

“We went through and evaluated our cost and we found that those were items that were identified earlier this year that we could reduce the cost because those programs are supporting themselves as far as operational cost,” said Duffy.

There is a $2 fee, per television or monitor brought to be disposed as they are not considered E-waste.

For information on what constitutes as E-waste and hours of operation click here.