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Recycling: It's the Law

On June 21, 2005 the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors voted to ban the disposal of recyclable materials as garbage in the County’s Buena Vista Landfill and created new requirements for County residents and businesses to recycle. Provisions of the landfill ban and mandatory recycling ordinance are found in the County Code Title 7, Chapter 7.20.

The purpose of these actions is to extend the lifespan of the Buena Vista Landfill and to recover valuable resources.

Since January 1, 2006, the following materials cannot be disposed of as garbage in the Buena Vista Landfill or at the Ben Lomond Transfer Station. When discarded, they can be recycled at both locations.

These Materials are Banned from Landfill Disposal and MUST BE RECYCLED:

Aluminum Cans, Trays and Foil Tin Cans
Corrugated Cardboard Steel Cans
Office Paper Scrap Metal: including white goods and appliances

Mixed Waste Paper*: including junk mail, catalogues, paperboard, brown paper, paper grocery bags, colored paper, construction paper, writing pad backings, cereal and similar food boxes

*available when recycling market exists

Rigid Plastic Containers Marked #1 and #2
Computer Paper Used motor oil and used automotive antifreeze
Container Glass Oil filters
Electronic Waste: including monitors, televisions Household and auto batteries
Concrete, Asphalt, Tile, and Porcelain Yard waste and wood waste
Gypsum Board Tires


Since January 1, 2006, this ordinance has prohibited placement of recyclables in refuse containers in the unincorporated county area.  Other materials not banned, but currently recyclable at County disposal sites, include: Plastic Bags and Film Plastic, Hard Plastic Products and Packaging.


Information on recycling collection, drop-off and other options can be obtained by calling 454-2160.


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Buena Vista Location

1231 Buena Vista Drive
Watsonville, CA

(831) 454-2430 or
(831) 454-5154

Santa Cruz County Landfill
Open Monday - Saturday
7:30 am to 2:30 pm

BV Household
Hazardous Waste
Open every Wednesday,
Friday and Saturday
7:30 am to 2:30 pm

Ben Lomond Location 

(1 Mile North of Glen Arbor Rd)
9835 Newell Creek Road
Ben Lomond, CA

(831) 454-2430 or
(831) 336-3951

Santa Cruz County
Transfer Station
Open Monday - Saturday
7:30 am to 2:30 pm

BL HHW Facility
Open every Thursday
7:30 am to 2:30 pm

Other Household Hazardous Waste 

City of Santa Cruz Resource Recovery Facility
Open every Saturday
7:30 am to 3:30 pm.
Hours may be affected by COVID-19

(3 miles north of Santa Cruz city limits off Hwy 1)
605 Dimeo Lane
Santa Cruz, CA

(831) 420-6270

Santa Cruz County
Solid Waste & Recycling
Main Office

701 Ocean Street, Room 410
Santa Cruz, California 95060
Virtual Hours Only
(831) 454-2160

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