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Santa Cruz County Public Works Department Recycling & Solid Waste

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General Agency Information
Name:Santa Cruz County Public Works Department Recycling & Solid Waste
Alternate Name(s):Santa Cruz County Recycles
Address:701 Ocean Street, Room 410
Santa Cruz, CA  95060
Driving Directions
Primary Phone:831-454-2160
Fax Number:831-454-2385
Days/Hours of Operation/Phone:Monday-Friday, 8am-12 and 1-5pm
Description:Santa Cruz County Recycling and Solid Waste Services is responsible for the operation and administration of solid waste diversion and disposal in the unincorporated area of the County and Scotts Valley. We operate the County's two solid waste facilities, the Buena Vista Landfill west of Watsonville and the Ben Lomond Transfer Station in the San Lorenzo Valley. We collaborate with local non-profit agencies to carry out community public education and waste reduction programs. We are charged with many public service responsibilities including:

Operation of landfill and transfer station disposal and recycling services and household hazardous waste collection

Development of programs designed to meet AB 939 diversion goals and the County's enhanced objectives (75% reduction in landfill disposal by year 2010)

Landfill design and engineering

Liaison and reporting to a variety of state and federal agencies regarding solid waste facilities compliance and pollution control programs

Heavy equipment fleet maintenance

Administration of garbage and recycling collection franchise services

Advance planning for future solid waste and recycling programs and facilities including implementation of the County's Integrated Waste Management Recovery Plan

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all county residents.
Programs:Operates the County's two solid waste and recycling facilities:

Buena Vista Landfill, 1231 Buena Vista Drive, Watsonville, 454-5154/454-2430

Ben Lomond Transfer Station, 9835 Newell Creek Road, Ben Lomond, 336-3951/454-2430.

Facilities hours: Monday-Saturday, 7:30am to 3:30pm except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

E-Waste (except Video Displays)
—Scrap household electronic products, computers and peripherals,
audio and video components, telephone equipment. Video display devices collected separately.
Video Displays
—Televisions, computer monitors, flat screen, plasma, LCD, CRT (cathodes ray tube), or
other video display devices, laptops or other computers with built-in screen. A charge may apply for a broken CRT; broken CRT glass must be contained in a sturdy bag or box.

The Take-it-Back partnership in Santa Cruz now provides County residents with a no-cost opportunity to properly recycle fluorescent lamps, including tubes and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). Take them to one of the stores below at no cost. Limit: 10 bulbs per day. Compact fluorescents and tubes up to 4' length accepted.

ACE Hardware
72 Rancho del Mar
(831) 662-0222

Ben Lomond
Scarborough Lumber
9470 Highway 9
(831) 336-5142

Boulder Creek
Scarborough Lumber
12990 Highway 9
(831) 338-6467

Orchard Supply Hardware
1601 41st Av.
(831) 475-7701

Felton Paint and Hardware
6291 Hwy 9
(831) 335-4838
5843 Graham Hill Rd.
(831) 335-4423

Santa Cruz
ACE Hardware
855 Almar Av.
(831) 426-7650
ACE Hardware
1214 Soquel Av.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 457-2222
719 Swift St. #56-A
(831) 423-7200
402 Ingalls St. Ste. 23
(831) 423-1121
235 River St.
(831) 426-1020
Riverside Lighting
300 Soquel Av.
(831) 423-7411

Scotts Valley
Scarborough Lumber
20 El Pueblo Rd.
(831) 438-0331
Scarborough Lumber
218 Mt Hermon Rd.
(831) 438-0581

2435 41st Av.
(831) 475-6100

Orchard Supply Hardware
1060 S Green Valley Rd.
(831) 728-7701
ACE Hardware
1820 Freedom Blvd.
(831) 724-4740
ACE Hardware
451 Main St.
(831) 724-4749
Languages other than English:Spanish
Accommodations for Disabled:Call for Information
Public Transportation:Call for information
Eligibility:See Description Notes
Fees:Fixed Fee
Areas Served:Santa Cruz County
Physical Location:Not Applicable
Funding Source:County Government
Related Agencies
Parent Agency:Santa Cruz County Public Works Department
Subject Headings
 Electronic Waste Recycling
Government Agencies
Hazardous Materials Roundups
Household Hazardous Materials Information
Recycling Centers
Sanitary Landfills
This record last modified July 17, 2014

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