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  • Waste not, want not

    Waste not, want not

    We've all heard the proverb, "Waste not, want not." This old saw has its origins from 1576 in, The Paradise of Dainty Devices by Richard Edwardes, a distinguished lyricist and playwright who was ...

  • 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 ...

  • Latest program updates

    Latest program updates

    Updated 5/5/21 We're looking for our next Chef/Kitchen Manager, and a Recycling/Resource Recovery Worker at our Ben Lomond recycling center. If you or someone you know fits the bill please have them apply here! Cooking ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Weekly bag sales-books & clothing

    Weekly bag sales-books & clothing

    Super values - great selection on books, clothing and accessories. Fill a shopping bag of clothes and/or books every Monday and Friday for just $10! Thousands of new weekly arrivals - shop daily for ...

  • 2018 Volunteers of the Year

    2018 Volunteers of the Year

    Each Year we honor a few extra special volunteers for their many years of service to Grey Bears, and for their work and inspiring stories. Our 2018 Volunteers of the Year will be ...

  • Aging in America

    Aging in America

    Living Longer In 1985, older adults accounted for 11 percent of the U.S. population. By 2010, they were 13 percent. More than 40 million Americans are now age 65+. By 2030, as the ...

  • Chair yoga pose focus: Crescent Lunge

    Chair yoga pose focus: Crescent Lunge

    Crescent Lunge (Anjaneyasana, prounounced AHN-jah-nay-AHS-uh-nuh) Simple activities such as standing, sitting and walking can make our bodies tense and tired by the end of the day. Lunge pose is a low back, calf and groin ...