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Resource Recovery - Garbage/ Recycling/ Sweeping

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Operational Information During Covid-19  

  • Do not place garbage and other items of contamination in your blue recycle or green yard waste carts! Doing so, may prevent those carts from being emptied and may incur extra fees to your account.
  • Refuse, recycling, green waste pickups and street sweeping will remain in effect.
  • Resource recovery facility at Dimeo Lane will operate during normal business hours.
  • Contact Customer Service at scmu@cityofsantacruz to schedule additional pick-ups of trash or recyclables, or collection of bulky items.
  • Spring Cleaning? Check out some important information Here

Right Size Your Trash Cart

Current Collection Rates and Services

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Resource Recovery and Recycling Organizational Chart 2014 [PDF]

Resource Recovery collection rates are based on the refuse container size (volume) and the frequency of collection. The following services are incorporated into collection rates:

 Helpful guides, brochures and newsletters:

Refuse & Recycling Newsletter 2020 [PDF] 

EASY Curbside Recycling Guide [PDF]

Complete Curbside Recycling Guide  [PDF]

Household Hazardous Waste [PDF]

Carpet Recycling Brochure [PDF]

Motor Oil Recycling Guide

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