Reuse & Recycling Programs

Collecting locally, Reusing efficiently, Recycling responsibly

Grey Bears operates three drive-through recycling centers:

Chanticleer Main Reuse Campus;
Buena Vista Landfill; and
Ben Lomond Transfer Station
(including CRV beverage container redemption).

Click the links in the menu at left for a list of items we accept at each site.

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. CRV redemption is open 10am-3pm at the Ben Lomond Transfer Station.

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.

Computer 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 program into high-quality compost for your garden, available to purchase in the thrift store garden center.