Santa Cruz County

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GreenWaste Recovery has been providing services to the residents and businesses of the Santa Cruz county since January 2007.


ATTENTION: SERVICE DAY CHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT

Effective June 1, 2018 a number of residents will be experiencing a service day change.  Notification calls will begin the week of May 14th through June 1st. You will also receive a cart hanger with your new service day.

Please contact our Customer Service Department at 831.426.2711 for more information or
to see if your account was affected.


What Services Are Available?

The types of services available and the fees for services differ by customer type. To determine the services available, please find your customer type and follow the links provided.

Single-family Residents are residents that pay their own bill and receive cart collection service to one address or unit. This includes all single-family dwellings and may also include town-homes, other multi-unit structures and mobile home parks when each address or unit pays their own bill.

Multi-family Residents are residents that receive individual cart collection service and/or centralized bin collection service and do not pay their own bill.  This includes all condominiums and apartment complexes and may also include town-homes, other multi-unit structures and mobile home parks when each resident does not pay their own bill.

Commercial Businesses are non-residential premises where business activity is conducted as the primary use of a property and the use is permitted under applicable zoning regulations. Residential properties with any business conducted as a secondary use are considered single-family residential customers.  


How Much Do Services Cost?

The current rate sheets for Santa Cruz County January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018 can be downloaded below:

Single-Family Residential Rates  Multi-Family Residential Rates   Commercial Business Rates


Recycling & Disposal

Recyclable Materials are brought to GreenWaste’s Operations Yard in Watsonville where they are consolidated and transferred to the GreenWaste’s Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in San Jose for processing.  Recyclable materials are sorted by material type, baled and shipped to market to be given new life as a recycled product.  All the non-recyclable residuals remaining after processing recyclable materials at the GreenWaste MRF are delivered to the Monterey Regional Waste Management District (MRWMD) in Marina for disposal.

Garbage from the northern part of the unincorporated County area is delivered to the Ben Lomond Transfer Station where it is consolidated and transferred to the Buena Vista Landfill in Watsonville for disposal. All other sections of the unincorporated County area are delivered directly to the Buena Vista Landfill for disposal. 

   

Yard Trimmings from residents are delivered to the Buena Vista Landfill in Watsonville where they are screened for processing. The yard trimmings are chipped and used as a co-generation fuel and the lightweight fraction is composted into a high-quality soil amendment. All non-compostable materials remaining after composting yard trimmings are kept onsite and moved to the landfill for disposal.

Food Scraps from commercial businesses are delivered to the MRWMD in Marina and are processed in the MRWMD’s SmartFerm Anaerobic Digester to produce both a biogas rich in methane that is used to fuel our Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) collection fleet and a high-quality soil amendment. All non-compostable materials remaining after digesting food scraps at the MRWMD are kept onsite and moved to the landfill for disposal.

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