Recycling and Waste Reduction

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Free Public tours of the City Recycling Center

When: Wednesday and Thursdays: July 18 (Full) and 19 (Full), and August 22 and 23.

The 90-minute tours which are offered at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day, provide an opportunity to learn about the complex recycling process. Reservations are required.

Visitors will see what happens to the 30 to 50  tons of material that Santa Cruzans place into their blue recycle bins every single day. They will learn why it is important to “recycle right” and avoid “wish-cycling.” Visitors will also see a mountain of scrap metal and learn about the facility’s Household Hazardous Waste Program.

Groups are limited to 20 people. Children must be at least 8 years old. Youth 8-18 must be accompanied by an adult. Carpooling is encouraged as parking is limited. To make a reservation, please email Waste Reduction staff at

Recycle Right! Videos to Help You Get the Right Material into the Right Bin

Watch our entire series below by clicking the Recycle Right! icon or choose individual segments beneath it.

Recycle Right

Cardboard Paper Metal CropdPlastics Bags Glass


Our 30-second "Think Before You Throw" video with Warriors' mascot Mav'Riks teaches how to avoid recycling contamination.

Need Help with Your Refuse or Recycling Service?

Click on Refuse Service Options to view the cart sizes available and monthly rates
or call Customer Service: 420-5220 for assistance.

Get more information by clicking on the following:

Curbside Recycling EASY Guide 2018 [PDF]

 Curbside Recycling Guide 2018 [PDF]

Scrap - Santa Cruz Recycle Art Program Video


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2018-Banner Refuse and Recycling

     Refuse & Refuse 2018  [PDF]

     Trash Talk Newsletter for Kids [PDF]

Watch “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.

Recycling Questions?
Call (831) 420-5591

Missed Pick Up or other Service Questions?
Call (831) 420-5220



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