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Resource Recovery Facility

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Customers who need additional pick-ups of trash or recyclables, or collection of bulky items, please contact customer service at (831) 420-5220. Thank you.

The Resource Recovery Facility (RRF) includes a sanitary landfill, recycling center, yard waste drop-off, construction & demolition (C&D) drop-off and Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off.

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

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. ID is required.

Residents of the City of Santa Cruz who need to self-haul materials from their home to the landfill must be prepared to provide proof of residency (driver's license and municipal utility bill or similar document with a City address) to the gate house attendant. 

Businesses hauling materials which were generated within the City of Santa Cruz may use the RRF/landfill. Businesses must be prepared to provide proof that the materials came from within the City limits.  A typical way to provide proof would be to present a signed and dated letter or contract from the property owner or manager where the materials were generated, indicating that the business has been hired to haul those materials.

The Resource Recovery Facility and Recycling Center are 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)


FEES: Current RRF rate schedule: Resource Recovery Facility Fees [PDF]

Note: City residents and businesses are permitted to use the County of Santa Cruz-Buena Vista Landfill and Ben Lomond Transfer Station.  A surcharge of 28% will be added to regular county disposal fees. City residents may drop-off "non-fee" recyclable material without charge and use Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off centers at County facilities.

Household Hazardous Waste - Drop-Off Center:
Household Hazardous Waste is accepted only on Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Trash Disposal
The City operates and maintains the sanitary landfill for use by City refuse operations and private individuals and businesses. 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. 

Recycling Center Processing
The City operates and maintains the recycling drop-off and processing center at the Dimeo Lane Resource Recovery Facility. Recyclable items such as mixed paper, cardboard, plastic, metal, glass, used oil, E waste and appliances are accepted, sorted and processed. All recycled material is sold to commercial markets. 

Recycling Center - Drop Off

Yard Waste

Mattress Recycling

Carpet Recycling [PDF]

Household Hazardous Waste [PDF]

Watch the “Santa Cruz Recycles” Video

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

Santa Cruz Recycles Video



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

For more information please contact:
Craig Pearson
Superintendent of Resource Recovery

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