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Universal Waste

Hazardous waste regulations designate a category of hazardous wastes called "universal waste" (U-waste). This category includes commonly used products that contain hazardous materials such as lead, mercury and cadmium. U-wastes are barred from disposal in the trash. For more information on universal waste, please consult the information provided by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control and the County of Santa Cruz Disposal Site Recycling Guide. Below are some examples of U-wastes and how to handle them properly:

Batteries - drop off at County disposal site recycling centers

TVs & monitors - take to disposal site scalehouse (TVs or monitors with a broken screen must be bagged.)

Electronic products - drop off at County disposal site recycling centers

Fluorescent lamps - free drop off at HHW Facilities or free take-back at retail stores

Mercury-containing thermometers - free drop off at HHW Facilities

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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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