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  • Holiday Safety

    Holiday guidance tips from our local County Health Department OUTSIDE IS SAFER: Gather outside and follow safety guidelines. SMALL: Limit gatherings to no more than 2 or 3 households. SHORT: Limit gatherings to no more than ...

  • Reduce first, then reuse, recycle

    Reduce first, then reuse, recycle

    About 4.5 pounds. That’s the amount of trash the average American generates every day according to the EPA. And it adds up quickly. Based on that metric, in Santa Cruz County we collectively ...

  • Meet Marla King

    Meet Marla King

    Volunteer Spotlight "Worms are so amazing, they're my production area," beams Marla King, Grey Bears volunteer vermiculture (worm) composting teacher. Marla, 74, grew up in nearby San Jose. At 28, she moved to a farm ...

  • Complete the census

    Complete the census

    The Grey Bears Census computer and information kiosk is closed until April 7. We encourage you to complete the census that was mailed to you online. When we reopen our computers will be ...

  • News, Holiday dinner, Giving Tuesday

    News, Holiday dinner, Giving Tuesday

    current as of 12/1/20 It's Giving Tuesday - Please donate any amount and help us deliver healthy holiday meals this month to more than 2,000 seniors! Click here to donate now. We have added a ...

  • Make your own hand sanitizer

    Make your own hand sanitizer

    If you aren't able to find hand sanitizers in stores, you can make your own. Anne Marie Helmenstine, who holds a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences, recently shared how to make homemade hand sanitizer. Ingredients: ...

  • Get Ready – Listos Santa Cruz

    Get Ready - Listos Santa Cruz

    Grey Bears can help you get ready in the event of an emergency as we have seen this year. Email Rosie to get your information packet and File of Life, or call 831-479-1055 ...

  • Redeem CRV at Ben Lomond Transfer

    Redeem CRV at Ben Lomond Transfer

    Grey Bears offers California Redemption Value (CRV) buyback at the Ben Lomond Transfer Station (BLTS). We also continue to appreciate your CRV beverage container donations at our main Chanticleer and Buena Vista Landfill ...

  • Support Grey Bears with a Bequest

    Support Grey Bears with a Bequest

    A bequest is a gift specified in your will or living trust. A charitable bequest to Grey Bears has dual benefits. It provides a tax deduction for the bequest amount against the value ...

  • Census event postponed

    Census event postponed

    Census Day - Wednesday, April 1st has been postponed. Join us for a very special Census Celebration kick-off event at Grey Bears complete with a free barbecue lunch (veggie/vegan options), free classes, music, ...

  • Recycle your Beverage Containers

    Recycle your Beverage Containers

    Grey Bears accepts your beverage containers at our Santa Cruz County recycling centers. These California Redemption Value (CRV) containers include: Beer and malt Beverages (glass bottles and aluminum cans) Wine Coolers Carbonated fruit ...

  • Volunteer Yvonne King wins “Be the Difference Award”

    Volunteer Yvonne King wins "Be the Difference Award"

    After retiring from teaching 5th and 6th graders at Mar Vista in Aptos, Yvonne King knew she wanted to give back to the community she loves. A friend invited her to try volunteering ...

  • California’s latest recycling actions

    California's latest recycling actions

    California legislature wraps session with unprecedented recycling action (updated 9/18/19 - Waste Dive) Lawmakers may not have taken up a big packaging EPR bill, but ...

  • Grey Bears recycling programs

    Grey Bears recycling programs

    If you've been following the news lately you've probably been hearing about  challenges with recycling. What used to be an industry accepting more and more materials has contracted over the past year for ...

  • A beer with your Woodstock’s pizza

    A beer with your Woodstock's pizza

    all February long supports Grey Bears! For every pint of Discretion's Uncle Dave's IPA ordered at Woodstock's during the month of February, $1 will be donated to Grey Bears. Pizza and Uncle Dave's ...

  • Fresh produce for Federal employees

    Fresh produce for Federal employees

    Grey Bears is offering shopping bags of fresh produce and healthy staples to Federal employees affected by the government shutdown. Bags may be picked up on Fridays at three locations: Grey Bears warehouse, 2710 Chanticleer Ave ...