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The Public Works Department provides a wide range of essential community services that improve the quality of life here in Eureka. The 74 full-time employees of the Department are committed to making Eureka a beautiful, livable and sustainable city. 

The Department is divided into four main divisions:

  • Engineering, which includes Transportation, Stormwater, and Street/Alley Maintenance
  • Field Operations, which includes Fleet Management, Water Distribution, Wastewater Collection, and Code Enforcement
  • Utilities Operations, which includes Water Treatment, Wastewater Treatment, and Source Control

The City of Eureka and Recology (City Garbage Company of Eureka) have been working together since 1991 to provide free dumpsters to communities in Eureka to clean up neighborhoods. A free one-time dumpster is available to those eligible moderate to very low-income households (120% of median income or less as per the table below) who are unable to afford the cost of garbage removal. To qualify, a property must be determined to contain trash and debris in a quantity sufficient to be determined as a health or safety issue or blight.

If you are an owner-occupant of a residential property, you may qualify for a free 20-yard dumpster.


  • Income eligible
  • Your property is located within the City limits of Eureka
  • Have not had a dumpster before
  • Are unable to afford the cost of a dumpster but are able to provide the coordination of labor to remove the trash and debris
  • Rental income properties and commercially used properties are not eligible under this program.
  • You will be required to provide evidence of regular garbage service.

Contact us today to find out more information about how you may qualify for these programs at 707-441-4214.

Picture of dumpster from dumpster program