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Food Scrap Collection Pilot Program

Compost Collection Program Participants separate food scraps and soiled paper from regular refuse. Food scraps go into biodegradable cornstarch bags. From the kitchen it then goes into green carts or yellow bins. Green Waste Recovery sends a special truck to collect this material and transport it to the compost site.

Food collection bin.
The food scraps are mixed with ground yard waste and shredded before placement in the compost bag.
The material is bagged and composted for three months. Air is blown through the bag to facilitate the compost process. The bags prevent odors and retain excess liquids.
Large items and any inorganic contaminants are screened out of the finished compost.
The finished compost is laboratory tested and is suitable for growing food and flowers.


Participants in the Food Scrap Collection Pilot Program 


Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos
UC Santa Cruz, 1156 High St., Santa Cruz

Elementary Schools

Santa Cruz Gardens, 8005 Wrinkle Ave., Santa Cruz
Del Mar Elementary, 1959 Merrill, Santa Cruz
Green Acres Elementary, 966 Bostwick Lane, Santa Cruz
Soquel Elementary, 2700 Porter, Soquel
Main Street Elementary, 3400 N. Main St., Soquel

Residential Facilities

Aegis Assisted Living, 125 Heather Terrace, Aptos
Seventh Avenue Center, 1171 7th Avenue, Santa Cruz

Health and Conference Facilities

Chaminade, 1 Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz
Dominican Hospital, 1555 Soquel Dr., Santa Cruz
Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center, 2900 Chanticleer Ave., Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Integrative Medicine & Chi Center, 21511 E. Cliff, Dr., Suite A, Santa Cruz


Aptos Natural Foods, 7506 Soquel Drive, Aptos
Deluxe Food, 783 Rio Del Mar Blvd., Aptos
Bittersweet Bistro, 787 Rio Del Mar Blvd., Aptos
Elizabeth’s Market, 23040 E Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz
Garden Liquor & Deli, 1815 Soquel Dr., Santa Cruz
Ken’s Wholesale Produce, 1035 17th Ave., Live Oak
Live Oak Market, 1668 Capitola Road, Santa Cruz
Live Oak Farmers Market, 2-1490 E. Cliff Dr., Live Oak
Sunnyside Produce, 2520 Main Street, Soquel


Aloha Grill, 1700 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz
Aptos Burger, 112 Rancho Del Mar Center, Aptos
Bittersweet Bistro, 787 Rio Del Mar Blvd., Aptos
Cafe Cruz, 2621 41st Ave., Santa Cruz
Cafe Rio, 131 Esplanade, Aptos
Carpo’s, 2400 Porter Street, Soquel
Carried Away Foods, 7564 Soquel Drive, Aptos
Casa Rosita’s, 2608 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz
Coffeetopia, 3701 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz
D’Anna’s Deli, 2841 Porter St. #B, Soquel
El Chipotle Restaurant, 2724 Soquel Drive, Soquel
El Chipotle Restaurant, 460 7th Ave., Santa Cruz
Erik’s Delicafe, 1664 Soquel Drive, Santa Cruz
Heather’s Patisserie, 7486 Soquel Drive, Aptos
Lucky Dragon, 9071 Soquel Drive, Aptos
Ma Maison, 9051 Soquel Dr., Aptos
Manuel’s Restaurant, 261 Center Ave., Aptos
Michael’s On Main, 2591 Main Street, Soquel
Nuevo Grill, 2-1511 E. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz
Original Sin Desserts & Deli, 4125 Portola Dr., Santa Cruz
Pacific Coffee Roasting, 7554 Soquel Dr., Aptos
Panda Inn, 5 Deer Park Center, Rio Del Mar
Pink Godzilla, 830 41st Ave., Capitola
Portola House, 3326 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz
Rock of The Sea, 3912 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz
Rio Del Mar Mexican, 9067 Soquel Drive, Aptos
Seascape Resort, 1 Seascape Resort Drive, Aptos
Severino's Bar & Grill, 7500 Old Dominion Court, Aptos
Silver Spur, 2650 Soquel Drive, Santa Cruz
Sofia’s Taqueria, 112 Rancho Del Mar Ctr., Aptos
Taqueria La Cabana, 3070 Porter Street, Soquel
Taqueria Los Gordos, 7488 Soquel Drive, Aptos
Taqueria Vallarta , 893 41st Ave., Capitola
Theo’s Restaurant, 3101 Main Street, Soquel
Ugly Mug, 4640 Soquel Drive, Soquel
Zameen Mediterranean Cuisine, 7528 Soquel Dr., Aptos

County Facilities

American Café, Santa Cruz County Government Center
Santa Cruz County Jails


2024 Holiday Schedule

Buena Vista Location 

1231 Buena Vista Dr.,
Watsonville, CA

(831) 454-2430 or
(831) 454-5153

County Landfill
Open every Mon.,

Tues., Thurs.,
Fri., & Sat.
7:30 am - 3:30 pm

Open every Wed.,
7:30 am - 2:30 pm

Buena Vista Household
Hazardous Waste
Open every Wed.,
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Open every Fri., & Sat.
7:30 am - 3:30 pm

(831) 454-2606

Ben Lomond Location 

9835 Newell Creek Rd.,
Ben Lomond, CA

(831) 454-2430 or

(831) 454-3951


County Transfer Station
Open every Mon.,

Tues., Thurs.,
Fri., & Sat.
7:30 am - 3:30 pm

Open every Wed.,
7:30 am - 2:30 pm

Ben Lomond Household Hazardous Waste
Open every Thurs.
7:30 am - 3:30 pm

(831) 454-2606

Other Household Hazardous Waste 

City of Santa Cruz Resource Recovery Facility
Open every Sat.
7:30 am - 3:30 pm

605 Dimeo Lane
Santa Cruz, CA

(831) 420-6270

Santa Cruz County
Solid Waste & Recycling
Main Office

701 Ocean St., Room 410
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 454-2160

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