Recycling and Disposal Facilities
Buena Vista Landfill
(1 Mile South of Highway 1)
1231 Buena Vista Drive Watsonville, CA
(831) 454-2430 (831) 454-5153
Ben Lomond Transfer Station
(1 Mile North of Glen Arbor Road)
9835 Newell Creek Road Ben Lomond, CA
(831) 454-2430 (831) 454-3951
The Solid Waste Disposal and Recycling Facilities are open
Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Hours of operation on Christmas Eve are 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Household Hazardous Waste
Identification required to use facilities.
The County of Santa Cruz accepts over 450 tons of refuse on a daily basis. The Buena Vista Landfill accepts an average of 350 tons, while the Ben Lomond Transfer Station accepts 100 tons of refuse daily which is trucked to Buena Vista Landfill.
The Buena Vista Landfill is a Class III landfill operating under State of California Solid Waste Facilities Permit from CalRecycle (California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery). The Ben Lomond Transfer Station also operates under State of California Solid Waste Facilities Permit from CalRecycle. The Buena Vista Landfill is equipped with an environmental liner system exceeding Federal Subtitle D and State of California standards, including a leachate collection and removal system and a 4 layer composite liner.
The Buena Vista Landfill is a recipient of the Solid Waste Association of 1997 Silver Award for Landfill Excellence. The Ben Lomond Transfer Station is a recipient of the Solid Waste Association of North America 1998 Bronze Award for Transfer Station Excellence. In 2013 Santa Cruz County was awarded the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) for waste reduction.
Materials accepted at the Buena Vista Landfill are Class III non-hazardous residential, commercial and industrial waste, dewatered sewage sludge and low-level petroleum contaminated soils.
Materials accepted at the Ben Lomond Transfer Station are Class III non-hazardous residential, commercial and industrial waste.