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Recycling & Solid Waste




  • 2017 California Resource Recovery Association
    Outstanding "Closing the Loop" Commitment Award

    Santa Cruz County was recently presented the "Closing the Loop" award for their innovative program to ensure that all food service ware is recyclable or compostable.

  • 2016 CalRecycle
    Outstanding Policy/Legislative Advancement Award

    Santa Cruz Sentinel Article

    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.” Below: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)

2021 Holiday Schedule

Buena Vista Location

1231 Buena Vista Dr.,
Watsonville, CA

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

County Landfill
Open Mon. - Sat.
7:30 am - 3:30 pm

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

Ben Lomond Location 

9835 Newell Creek Rd.,
Ben Lomond, CA

(831) 454-2430 or

(831) 336-3951


County Transfer Station
Open Mon. - Sat.
7:30 am - 3:30 pm

BL HHW Facility
Open every Thurs.
7:30 am - 3:30 pm

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
Virtual Hours Only
(831) 454-2160

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