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2016 CalRecycle
Outstanding Policy/Legislative Advancement Award

2016 Outstanding Policy/Legislative Advancement Awarded by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) for the County’s Safe Drug and Sharps Disposal Ordinance. The presentation noted “Santa Cruz County’s ordinance set the standard for those that followed, and demonstrated the practicality of an Extended Producer Responsibility approach for the safe disposal of drug and sharps waste.  Last year alone Santa Cruz County collected more than 27,000 pounds of drugs and more than 10,000 pounds of sharps, dramatically improving health, safety and environmental protection for the citizens of Santa Cruz County and establishing a model that is being adopted, not just across California, but throughout the United States.” CalRecycle Award Ceremony Photo


2016 Legislative Leadership Award

“For your work in enacting a groundbreaking Safe Drug and Sharps Disposal Ordinance. Your ordinance has set the standard for pharmaceutical takeback programs in California and is being used as a model by other jurisdictions.”
Awarded by the California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC)

Recycling and Solid Waste

Main Office
701 Ocean Street, Room 410
Santa Cruz, California 95060
(831) 454-2160

Buena Vista Landfill
(831) 454-2430 or
(831) 454-5154

Ben Lomond Transfer Station
(831) 454-2430 or
(831) 336-3951

Email Public Works

Kasey Kolassa
Recycling and Solid Waste Services

Tim Goncharoff
Integrated Waste Management
Programs Coordinator

Beau Hawksford
ZeroWaste Administrative Analyst

Mike Torrecillas
Operations Superintendent

Lisa Fusco
Cashiering Facilities Supervisor