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*New January 1, 2018 collection and program information coming soon.

Collection Services
GreenWaste Recovery provides the 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.

Recycling & Disposal
Recyclables collected in unincorporated Santa Cruz County are brought to the GreenWaste Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in San Jose for processing.
All garbage collected in the northern part of unincorporated Santa Cruz County is delivered to the Ben Lomond Transfer Station before being going on to the Buena Vista Landfill. The rest of unincorporated Santa Cruz County is direct-hauled to the Buena Vista Landfill for disposal.     
All yard trimmings go 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, while the rest is composted into a high-quality soil amendment.

Only the non-recyclable and non-compostable residuals remaining are transported to a landfill for disposal.

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