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Organics! Drop-Off

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Yard Waste

Green Cycle Drop OffOrganics! Collection Program  helps prolong the life of the landfill and keeps valuable organic material from being thrown away. Don't waste your greens!

Take your yard clippings to the drop-off site at the Resource Recovery Facility (Landfill) on Dimeo Lane, 3 miles north of Santa Cruz off of Highway 1. 

Resource Recovery Facility Fees [PDF]
Questions call 420-5220.

Green Check

Organics!  Drop-off accepts only the following materials:

  • Leaves and pine needles  
  • Prunings, branches, plants and brush
  • Prunings and branches
  • Unpainted/untreated lumber (nails and hinges okay)
  • Untreated wood chips, bark, sawdust (sawdust should be placed in paper bags)
  • Grass clippings (you can also leave clippings on your lawn or use them as mulch)
  • Tree trunks not exceeding 24" in diameter and four feet in length

No SymbolDo not place these items in Organics! Drop-off:

  • No garbage or hazardous material
  • No plastic bags. (Paper bags are fine)
  • No painted or treated wood 
  • No flower pots
  • No animal waste
  • No tree trimmings with Pitch Canker disease

Resource Recovery Facility Leaf1
605 Dimeo Lane
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: 831-420-6270
Fax: 831-420-6274

The facility is open Monday through Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
and closed on Sundays, with the following exceptions:

  • Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Closing at 12 noon on December 24 (Christmas Eve)
  • Closed all day December 25 (Christmas Day)
  • Closing at 12 noon on December 31 (New Year’s Eve)
  • Closed all day January 1 (New Year’s Day)