Recycling and Waste Reduction

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rePlanet Bottles and Cans Buy Back Center Closure.

On Tuesday, August 6, 2019, the California Redemption collection and processing company, rePlanet announced the closing of all 284 of its California Redemption Buy Back centers effective immediately.  This is the company that operated the public buy-back center at Costco Wholesale, 220 Sylvania Ave. Santa Cruz.  This is not a City operated program and does not affect the collection services provided by the City of Santa Cruz Curbside Collection program. Residents are encouraged to continue to place their clean and empty bottles and cans in the blue recycling cart. 

For those interested in redeeming their bottles and cans for the CRV value, there are still 3 redemption locations in Santa Cruz County that remain open.  They are: 

                 A & S Metals                                    1080 W. Beach St.            Watsonville        95076

                State Steel Co                                   56 Porter                            Watsonville       95076

                Watsonville Metals Co                    213 Dias Lane                    Watsonville       95076 

For more information about the State operated California Redemption Program, consumers are encouraged to contact Cal Recycle at:


Public Tours of the City of Santa Cruz Resource Recovery Facility.  

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 27th and 28th, July 25th and 26th, and August 22 and 23.  The 90-minute tours which are offered at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day, provide opportunity to learn about the multifaceted recycling process.

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.

Reservations are required. Tours are limited to 20 people. Children must be at least 8 years old. Youth ages 8 to 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Carpooling is encouraged as parking is limited. To make a reservation for the June Tour, Click on this Event Brite Link.

Master Recycler Program - Registration is now closed for the 2019 classes.

Over seven evening classes and two Saturday morning field trips participants will complete training in areas related to waste reduction and recycling.  Master Recyclers volunteer 20 hours of community service within the City of Santa Cruz, to educate and empower friends, neighbors, schools, businesses and special events to waste less and recycle right! 

If you are interested in this and other recycling programs please Email Waste Reduction Staff.

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 [PDF]    

 Curbside Recycling Guide [PDF]

Scrap - Santa Cruz Recycle Art Program Video


           Additional Links



   Refuse & Refuse 2019  [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) 420-5593


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



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