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Recycling & Solid Waste



Workshops and Classes


  • Workshop Classes in the County of Santa Cruz

  • Free Composting Workshops Coming in Fall, 2017!

    These workshops will discuss the principles of composting kitchen and yard wastes using backyard bins and vermicomposting (worm composting) techniques. You will learn how composting will improve your soil and aid in the health of your plants and vegetables, as well as reducing waste going to the landfill. Hands-on workshops are led by a Certified Master Composter and Master Gardener and sponsored by the County of Santa Cruz Public Works Department.
  • Upon completion of the workshop, GreenWaste Recovery customers are offered a free backyard composting bin or worm bin.  Non customers may purchase a bin a discounted price.
  • Basic Composting Workshops will be held on the following dates/times at the locations listed below:
    • Saturday, October 21, 10 AM - 12 Noon at Pinto Lake County Park, Watsonville
    • Saturday, November 4, 2 PM - 4 PM at Live Oak Grange, Santa Cruz
    • Sunday, November 5, 1 PM - 3 PM at Quail Hollow Ranch County Park, Felton
  • Advanced Composting & Troubleshooting Workshop (geared for those with some experience composting) will be held on Sunday, December 3, 1 PM - 3 PM at Live Oak Grange, Santa Cruz

Space is limited; advance reservation required. Call (831) 824-6484 or sign up online at After submitting your request, you will be notified if you are accepted in the workshop.

Recycling and Solid Waste

Main Office
701 Ocean Street, Room 410
Santa Cruz, California 95060
(831) 454-2160

Buena Vista Landfill
(831) 454-2430 or
(831) 454-5154

Ben Lomond Transfer Station
(831) 454-2430 or
(831) 336-3951

Email Public Works

Kasey Kolassa
Recycling and Solid Waste
Services Manager

Tim Goncharoff
Integrated Waste Management
Programs Coordinator

Beau Hawksford
ZeroWaste Administrative Analyst

Mike Torrecillas
Operations Superintendent

Lisa Fusco
Cashiering Facilities Supervisor