Recycling Guide

Recycling Locations


None of these locations accept large quantities or materials from business or manufacturing. If you have commercial volumes of waste you would like to recycle, call 520-375-7830.
Recycling services are provided at no cost to citizens of Santa Cruz County.

Items Accepted at All Sites

These can be placed in the co-mingled Green or Blue Recycling Containers:
  • Aluminum cans and foil
  • Cardboard
  • Newspaper, magazines, catalogues (no phone books)
  • Plastic-such as soda and shampoo bottles, milk / water jugs
    • No tubs, pails or other plastic
  • Steel / tin cans-such as canned food cans

Corrugated Cardboard


  • Brown paper grocery bags can be recycled with corrugated cardboard
  • No wax coating (produce boxes)
  • Please empty, flatten and cut to 3’ by 3’ (no Styrofoam or bubble wrap)
  • Pressed board (cereal, shoe or 12-pak containers)

Electronic Components


Electronic components contain hazardous material, such as lead, mercury, arsenic and cadmium. The facilities accept:
  • Cell phones
  • Computers
  • Keyboards
  • Printers
  • TV’s

Items Accepted by Rio Rico & Sonoita Sites


  • Antifreeze and motor oil
    • Place in waste oil container
  • Batteries
  • Computers, printers, electronic equipment, and circuit boards - stacked on pallets
  • Household chemicals such as chlorine, paint thinner and other solvents
  • Spray and liquid paint
  • Tires
    • Residential only, first 5 tires are free without rims
    • Tires without rims $150 / ton
    • All tires with rims are $5 each
The following list of items are no longer being recycled at any of the Solid Waste Sites
  • Glass
  • Office paper
  • Junk mail and envelopes
  • Mixed paper, light colored paper
  • White office paper, copy or computer paper
  • No bright colored papers and envelopes
  • No goldenrod (bright yellow receipt paper)
  • No glue or adhesive paper
  • Newspaper
  • Magazines

Do Not Recycle

  • Auto parts
  • Blueprints
  • Carbon paper
  • Construction and finishing materials and products
  • Containers
    • Automotive
    • Chemicals
    • Herbicide
    • Pesticide
    • Other hazardous products
  • Electronics or batteries
  • Food waste
  • Glued binders
  • Green (yard) waste
  • Medical supplies or containers
  • Newspaper with twine, straps or rubber bands


  • Paper
    • Cups
    • Plates
    • Ream wrappers
    • Towels
  • Photographic paper
  • Plastic wrapping or packaging
  • Phone books
  • Plastic chairs
    • Bags
    • Binders
    • Blinds
    • Gutters
    • Toys
    • Other plastics
  • Tissue paper
  • Window glass
    • Ceramics
    • Crystal
    • Mirrors