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On November 15, 2016, the County of Santa Cruz Board of Supervisors approved a rate increase for collection services in the unincorporated area of County of Santa Cruz, effective January 1, 2017. 

New Residential rates 
New Commercial and Multi-family rates include an increase, plus a new fee* for recycling service. 

With new legislation requiring increased diversion and reporting mandated by the State of California, a rate increase is necessary to sustain services. New rates are effective through December 31, 2017.

*Customers subscribing to the once-per-week collection of garbage in a plastic cart are eligible for a collection of one (1) recycle cart collected once-per-week per garbage cart, for no additional charge.  New charges for recycling services are calculated at 10% of the equivalent level of garbage services based on container size and collection frequency.


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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