Winter Collection

Winter Weather Service Alerts:







Eureka Recycling is experiencing some collection delays due to icy conditions. Check Eureka's recycling app to see if you have been impacted: 






Look up your address in Eureka Recycling's Web App

Download the Winter Collection Guide PDF


Winter Cart Placement

  • Shovel a safe and accessible pathway to your carts from your street or alley.
  • Leave two feet of space between your carts and other objects, such as trees, fences, garages, or snow piles. 
  • All materials must fit inside your cart with the lid closed.
  • Place your carts at the edge of the alley or curb with the opening facing outwards by 6:00 AM on your collection day.
  • Do not place your carts on top of or  behind a snowbank, or in water, where it could freeze to the ground. 
  • do not put your cart in the street. This can interfere with plowing.
  • If you have an alley, make sure house numbers are posted on your garage. 

Isolated Collection Issues

Sometimes, there will be isolated collection issues that will affect a single street or alley. The city will work with the haulers to track and monitor problem areas.

  1. If the garbage or recycling truck is not able to access your carts on an alley or street due to icy or heavy snow conditions, they will return within 24 hours to make a second attempt to collect. Please leave your cart out and accessible at your collection location.
  2. If the alley or street remains inaccessible, your hauler will be back on your collection day the following week.
  3. If the alley or street continues to experience collection issues during the winter, we will work with you and your neighbors to get your collection back on track.

Citywide Collection Day Delays

Occasionally, a major weather event, such as a large snow or ice storm, can affect garbage or recycling collection for a large part of the city. If this occurs, the city may declare a Citywide Collection Day Delay for recycling and/or garbage collection. Snow emergencies may or may not require a Collection Day Delay.

  1. If a Collection Day Delay is declared, keep your recycling and/or garbage out one day later than your usual collection day. For example, if your regular collection day is Wednesday, your recycling and/or garbage will be collected on Thursday that week. This is what also happens when there is a major holiday during the week.
  2. Bad winter weather conditions may impact recycling and garbage operations differently. A Collection Day Delay may be called for either a recycling or garbage collection, or both.
  3. If a Collection Day Delay is declared, the city will post information on this web page and through the city’s social media Facebook and Twitter channels.