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
Glass must be placed in the glass container. Do not mix glass with the above recyclables, because glass is a contaminate in a single stream sort line. The glass can cause lacerations and puncture wounds to the employees who sort the recyclable materials and it also damages the equipment used in a single stream sort line.

Clear and colored glass are acceptable. Glass is currently being stocked pile and mechanically broken up by our tracked equipment. After construction of processing area, and when approximately 25 tons are accumulated, the glass will be transported to the Phoenix area for recycling.

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)
  • Loose Newspaper and newspaper inserts
  • Please do no bundle or bag your newspaper
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
All magazines and small catalogs (includes large catalogs with glue bindings).

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
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