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Earth Day 2021 Interview with Santa Cruz County Deputy CAO, Director of Public Works, Matt Machado


On August 31, 2021, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 332 which adopts new Alternative Management Standards (AMS) for treated wood waste, codified in Health and Safety Code section 25230. As a result, all treated wood waste variances issued by DTSC since March 2021 are now inoperative and have no further effect, as they have been replaced by the AMS.

TWW disposal fees will remain the same and the DTSC still requires the County to collect customer information at the time of disposal.

Treated Wood Waste (TWW) can only be accepted from addresses within Santa Cruz County including: Unincorporated Santa Cruz County, and the Cities of Capitola, Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz, and Watsonville. 

All deliveries by generators, handlers, and transporters must be accompanied by a completed Treated Wood Waste Disposal Form.

All generators, handlers, are transporter are required to deliver TWW to the Buena Vista Landfill Tuesday through Thursday and must hand unload TWW into a bin. TWW must be separated from all other waste or the load may rejected. Click Here for the Policy.

Residents may be required to provide name, address, and phone number.  Residents must hand unload TWW into a bin at both the Buena Vista Landfill (no weight limit at the Buena Vista Landfill) and Ben Lomond Transfer Station (up to 500 pounds for Ben Lomond Transfer Station per day) Monday through Saturday. TWW must be separated from all other waste or the load may rejected. Click Here for the Policy.

TWW acceptance is subject to change at any time.


Santa Cruz County Recycling & Trash Services is responsible for the operation and administration of solid waste diversion and disposal in the unincorporated area of the County. 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.

Recycling & Trash employs 49 operations and administration staff who are dedicated to providing quality service to the general public. 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 statewide diversion goals and other mandates, including the diversion of food waste and other organic material
  • Implement the County’s Zero Waste Plan designed to achieve a 75% reduction in landfill disposal by 2010 and additional reductions in future years.
  • 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



2021 Holiday Schedule

2022 Holiday Schedule


Buena Vista Location 

1231 Buena Vista Dr.,
Watsonville, CA

(831) 454-2430 or
(831) 454-5153

County Landfill
Open Mon. - Sat.
7:30 am - 3:30 pm

BV Household
Hazardous Waste
Open every Wed.,
Fri., & Sat.
7:30 am - 3:30 pm

Ben Lomond Location 

9835 Newell Creek Rd.,
Ben Lomond, CA

(831) 454-2430 or

(831) 454-3951


County Transfer Station
Open Mon. - Sat.
7:30 am - 3:30 pm

BL HHW Facility
Open every Thurs.
7:30 am - 3:30 pm

Other Household Hazardous Waste 

City of Santa Cruz Resource Recovery Facility
Open every Sat.
7:30 am - 3:30 pm

605 Dimeo Lane
Santa Cruz, CA

(831) 420-6270

Santa Cruz County
Solid Waste & Recycling
Main Office

701 Ocean St., Room 410
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Virtual Hours Only
(831) 454-2160

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