Resource Recovery Facility


The Resource Recovery Facility (RRF) includes a sanitary landfill, recycling center, greenwaste drop-off area, and Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Facility.

The City of Santa Cruz Resource Recovery Facility and Recycling Center is located at 605 Dimeo Lane, which intersects Highway 1 about 3 miles north of the City limits.

The RRF is open to City of Santa Cruz residents and businesses. North County residents may use the facility but must pay a 28% surcharge above the established rates. An ID is required.

Usage Restrictions and Proof of Residency

The Resource Recovery Facility and Recycling Center is open Monday through Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and closed on Sundays, and the following holidays:

Days and times RRF is closed

 Closed    Sundays
 Closed    Thanksgiving Day
 Closed    12 noon • December 24 (Christmas Eve)
 Closed        December 25 (Christmas Day) 
 Closed    12 noon • December 31 (New Year's Eve)
 Closed    January 1 (New Year's Day)


Resource Recovery Facility Fees [PDF]
Click the link above to see the current rate schedule for the RRF.

Household Hazardous Wastes - Drop-Off Center:
Household Hazardous Wastes are accepted only on Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
See link above for details.

Refuse Disposal
The City maintains and operates the sanitary landfill for use by the City refuse operation and private individuals and businesses from the city, ensures that the landfill meets all state and federal regulatory requirements, and operates and performs field maintenance on equipment and pumps used at the landfill. 

Usage Restrictions and Proof of Residency 

Recycling Center Processing
The City operates and maintains the recycling drop-off and processing center at the Dineo Lane RRF. We accept, sort and process recyclable items, such as newspapers, plastics, metals, glass, used oil, appliances, etc. and sell the materials to commercial markets. 

Drop-Off Recycling Center

Curbside Recycling Guide 2016 [PDF]

Watch the “Santa Cruz Recycles” Video

Watch what happens to your recyclables - from house, to cart, to truck, to sorting, to baling and then resale to make new products.

What do we do with all this stuff? [PDF]

Can You Recycle It at the Recycling Center?

GreenCycle! Drop Off

Santa Cruz Recycles Video


  • To hear a recorded message of Resource Recovery Facility information, call 831-420-6270
  • For questions regarding curbside recycling or refuse collection call City of Santa Cruz Customer Service at 831-420-5220 or email.

For more information please contact:
Craig Pearson
Superintendent of Waste Disposal

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