GreenWaste Recovery provides weekly collection of garbage, recyclable materials and yard trimmings for residences located in unincorporated Santa Cruz County. Materials are placed out for collection in three containers – garbage, single-stream recycling and yard trimmings. Once placed curbside, materials are collected in a dual compartment vehicle, with garbage and yard trimming co-collected in one side of the vehicle, and recyclables kept separate in the other side of the vehicle. Please see the Services Offered section of our website for a complete list of available services for residents in Santa Cruz County.
Recyclable materials collected in unincorporated Santa Cruz County are brought to the GreenWaste Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in San Jose for processing. Recyclable materials are sorted on the single-stream recyclables processing line at the MRF where they are separated by material type, baled and shipped to market to be given new life as a recycled product. All yard trimmings are delivered to the Buena Vista Landfill in Watsonville where they are screened for processing: the woody debris is chipped and used as a co-generation fuel and the lightweight fraction is composted and used as a high-quality soil amendment. All garbage collected in the northern part of unincorporated Santa Cruz County is first delivered to the Ben Lomond Transfer Station for consolidation before being transported to the Buena Vista Landfill for disposal; all garbage collected in the remainder of unincorporated Santa Cruz County is direct-hauled to the Buena Vista Landfill for disposal. All the non-recyclable residuals remaining after processing at the GreenWaste MRF and the non-compostable materials remaining after composting are also sent to a landfill for disposal.