Reuse & Recycling Programs

Collecting locally, Reusing efficiently, Recycling responsibly

Grey Bears operates three drive-through recycling centers: Chanticleer Reuse Campus, Buena Vista Landfill, and Ben Lomond Transfer Station. Click the links in the menu at left for a list of items we accept at each site.

We now accept Styrofoam (PS6) at Chanticleer
– Polystyrene #6 only (look for a “6” on material, which is rigid and snaps if broken, often used to as packaging for appliances, electronics, etc.)
– Styrofoam must be clean and dry, no food containers or contamination please.

Hours/LocationChanticleer Recycling Center is open every day, Monday – Sunday from 7:30am-3:30pm at 2710 Chanticleer Ave in Santa Cruz; the Buena Vista Landfill Recycling Center and Ben Lomond Transfer Station recycling centers are open Monday – Saturday, 7:30am-3:30pm.

Chanticleer E-waste Center. We accept electronics and appliances including computers, printers, monitors, TVs*, cell phones, tablets, hot water tanks, washers, dryers, refrigerators, microwaves and other household electrical items free of charge seven days a week. We also accept lead-acid and UPS (surge protection, laptop, lithium ion) batteries. *Please note that DLP (Digital Light Processing rear projection) TVs are considered Hazmat and subject to a $30 processing fee.

Grey Bears new electronics storeComputer Electronics Store. We offer tested and refurbished desktop and laptop computers and components, hard drives, keyboards and monitors to CD ROMs, memory, modems and cables, stereo hi-fi, audio/visual gear including TVs, DVD/VCR players, stereo tuner/amplifiers, speakers, consumer electronics, and appliances including refrigerators, microwave ovens, vacuums and more.

Thrift Store. The Grey Bears Thrift Store is run by volunteers who sort through and select donated treasures, antiques, furniture, clothing, books, music, housewares, sporting goods, bikes and much more – all for sale at low prices. Open daily, 10am-3pm.

Bookstore. Browse through a huge selection of used books and media, CDs, DVDs, BluRay, books on tape and CD and vinyl. We also make more books available to readers around the country through

Composting. Our six composting bins turn unused produce from the Healthy Food for Seniors program and daily lunches into high-quality compost for your garden, and we sell it dirt cheap.