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Zero Waste Goal: Santa Cruz County, California, USA

Santa Cruz County, California

The County of Santa Cruz adopted Zero Waste as a long-term goal, with a milestone of 75% landfill diversion by 2010. Several cities within the county followed suit by adopting the same goals.

Action(s) Taken

  • Zero Waste goals & plans

Population

269,000

Year Enacted

2005

Overview

The County of Santa Cruz adopted Zero Waste as a long-term goal, with a milestone of 75% landfill diversion by 2010. The cities of Watsonville, Scotts Valley and Capitola also adopted the Zero Waste ordinance in 2005, while the city of Santa Cruz adopted a Zero Waste goal in 2000.

The county passed a previous resolution in 1999 “encouraging the pursuit of Zero Waste as a long-term goal,” but revisited the issue with the more specific 2005 resolution in order to establish the 75% diversion milestone.

The resolution lists specific efforts to be implemented in order to reach the 75% diversion milestone such as opening a regional compost facility and improving construction and demolition waste recycling. It also includes increasing commercial recycling and banning easily recyclable materials from landfills.

Additional Information

The county planned for a new comprehensive Zero Waste EcoPark facility to replace the landfill, which was scheduled to close in 8-10 years from 2009, because of strong opposition to siting another landfill. The development was scaled back due to lack of funding and other issues, and as of 2012 the plan was only to include a transfer station to haul waste to another landfill for disposal.

The EcoPark was going to be located at the existing landfill and include the following services:

  • A solid waste transfer station for municipal solid waste,
  • The transfer of curbside collected recyclables to processors elsewhere,
  • A Construction and Demolition Waste Processing facility (C&D MRF),
  • A second-hand materials exchange yard,
  • Administration offices
  • Public education and a viewing room
  • A green waste processing and composting area, and
  • A finished compost screening and sales area.

Downloads

Santa Cruz County Zero Waste Resolution and City Resolutions

More Information

Santa Cruz County Recycles

Santa Cruz County Zero Waste EcoPark presentation

Santa Cruz Sentinel article: “Plans on hold for ‘EcoPark’ waste facility in Santa Cruz County”

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