This week all City of Santa Cruz residents will receive our 2017 Refuse and Recycling Guide in the mail. It not only contains waste reduction tips, but also four free service tags to use when you have more to collect than your cart can hold.
The tags can now be used for free disposal and recycling of large household appliances and bulky items in addition to their use for pickup of extra garbage curbside and GreenCycle! dropoff. Expanded use of the tags in 2017 provides free scheduling of bulky item pickup any time of the year.
As the Refuse and Recycling Guide also notes: City of Santa Cruz residents have two options for free pickup of holiday trees January 1–14:
- Curbside Pickup Service: Put your tree out on your regularly scheduled trash collection day. Trees must be trimmed to 6 feet in length or less.
- GreenCycle! Cart Collection: Trim down tree and branches so that all fit into the cart with the lid closed.
Ornaments, tinsel and stands must be removed. Flocked trees are not acceptable.
Trees may also be dropped off at the Resource Recovery Facility January 2–31, located at 605 Dimeo Lane. The facility is open Monday–Saturday, 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. (Note: 12 noon closure on Saturday, Dec. 31.)
The guide also reminds us that holiday lights do not belong in the recycling cart. They fall under the category of “tanglers” along with garden hoses, wire and hangers. These items get tangled in equipment and slow down productivity. Please do not place them in your blue bin.
The 2017 Refuse and Recycling Guide and other waste reduction information can be found online at: www.cityofsantacruz.com/recycleright.