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Recycling & Solid Waste



Commercial Assistance and Useful Links

Business Waste Reduction Assistance

Many local businesses underutilize the waste reduction services to which they are entitled, and sometimes pay more for disposal than necessary. In fact, state law (AB 341 of 2011) requires businesses to recycle, and County ordinance bans throwing recyclable materials in the trash. The franchised waste hauler offers free recycling collection to its customers, and other services at nominal fees. In addition, the County has extensive waste diversion opportunities at its facilities.

Many businesses that want to take full advantage of these and other environmentally friendly services apply for certification under the Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program  and become recognized as leaders in sustainability.

For more information about waste reduction opportunities for businesses, contact the County's Recycling & Solid Waste Services.

Useful Links

Hazardous Waste

Recycling Market Development Zone

Material Reuse Links

Many services are available to help County residents and businesses reduce waste by promoting reuse of valuable items and materials.

Santa Cruz County Freecycle
San Lorenzo Valley Freecycle
Watsonville Freecycle
Santa Cruz Cheap Cycle


Recycling and Solid Waste

Main Contact
(831) 454-2160

Household Hazardous Waste
Information Line

(831) 454-2606

HHW Locations and Hours

HHW Facility
Buena Vista Landfill

Open every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
7:30 am to 3:30 pm
(1 Mile South of Highway 1)
1231 Buena Vista Drive
Watsonville, CA

(831) 454-2430

HHW Facility
Ben Lomond Transfer Station

Open every Thursday
7:30 am to 3:30 pm
(1 Mile North of Glen Arbor Road)
9835 Newell Creek Road
Ben Lomond, CA

(831) 454-2430

HHW Facility
City of Santa Cruz Resource Recovery Facility

Open every Saturday
7:30 am to 3:30 pm
(3 miles north of Santa Cruz city limits off Hwy 1)
605 Dimeo Lane
Santa Cruz, CA

(831) 420-6270