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City of Santa Cruz Offers Free Tours of Recycling Center

Post Date:06/02/2017 12:25 PM


June 8, 2017



Mary Simmons, Waste Reduction Manager, (831) 420-5591

Janice Bisgaard, Community Relations Specialist, (831) 420-5166


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SANTA CRUZ —The City of Santa Cruz is offering free summer tours of its recycling center, the Resource Recovery Facility, 605 Dimeo Lane, on Thursdays and Fridays June 15 and 16, July 13 and 14, and August 10 and 11.  The tours, offered 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. each day, provide opportunity to learn about the complex recycling process.

Visitors will see what happens to the 30 to 50 tons of material that Santa Cruzans place into their blue recycle bins each day. They will observe how in just one week the recycling center staff can bale as much 50 tons of mixed paper, over 20 tons of plastic and about 70 tons of cardboard. Visitors will also see a mountain of scrap metal and learn about the facility’s Household Hazardous waste program and Second Chance Store where materials such as paint, caulking and cleaning products are offered to the public free of charge.

Groups are limited to 16 people. Children and youth age 8-18 must be accompanied by an adult. Carpooling is encouraged as parking is limited.

To make a reservation, call (831) 420-5593 or email More information is available at

public tour

Tours of the City of Santa Cruz Recycling Center are offered on six summer days from June 15 – Aug. 11.


Visitors touring the City of Santa Cruz Recycling Center will see how aluminum and metal cans are formed into bales.


Materials at the City of Santa Cruz Recycling Center are initially sorted by machine and human hands.