Buena Vista Recycling Center

We accept all recyclables including electronics, peripherals, lead/acid batteries, all scrap metal, plus all of the items listed below.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to market conditions we are not accepting hard plastics – e.g. toys, play structures, patio furniture, etc., or pvc pipes or clam shells.

Hours:  Open six days a week, Monday – Saturday, 7:30am – 3:30pm
(except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Location:  1231 Buena Vista Drive (1 mile south of Highway 1), Watsonville, CA 95076. Click here for a map.

There are bins for all of the following items we accept. All recyclables (cans/bottles etc.) should be rinsed and clean.

  • Books and Disks – DVDs and CDs OK, no audio or VHS cassettes.
  • #2 CRV Color Plastic containers (look for number in triangle).
  • #2 CRV Natural Plastic containers (look for number in triangle).
  • #1 Plastic CRV bottles (clear plastic beverage bottles).
  • Cans – Sorted aluminum and tin cans.
  • Styrofoam – polystyrene #6 only (look for “PS6”), clean and dry, no food containers or contamination please
  • Paper/Cardboard – Junk mail, magazines and glossy catalogs, telephone books, office paper, paperboard such as cereal boxes, milk cartons and asceptic drink boxes. Unacceptable: padded, plastic and Tyvek envelopes, binders, napkins and paper towels, dirty newspaper with paint, pet waste or food/grease and waxed cardboard.
    • Please flatten all boxes and cartons.
    • Tie shredded paper in plastic bag.
    • Staples, tape and plastic window in envelopes can be recycled.
    • Sort newspaper and cardboard separately.
    • Cartons – Empty, rinse and flatten. Unacceptable: Foil wrapped beverage pouches, clam shells, plastic straws.
  • Plastic bags – Clear bags only, clean and dry. Bundle plastic bags inside another plastic bag and knot the top.
  • Batteries – All household and auto batteries.
  • Non-ferrous metals – scrap aluminum, brass, copper etc. Aluminum lawn chairs, screen doors, siding, aluminum foil and pie plates, electrical wire and microwaves.
  • Electronic Waste – Scrap household electronic products, computers and peripherals, audio and video components, telephone equipment.
  • Used motor oil and filters – Bring filled oil jugs and drained oil filters to the landfill. (Unacceptable: Oil mixed with anti-freeze, transmission fluid or any other automotive fluid. Note: the state limits transportation of 15 gallons liquid or 125 pounds solid.)
  • All metals – and motors/engines with oil removed.
  • Aluminum foil and pie plates, electrical wire and microwaves.
  • Household hazardous waste needs to be taken to HAZMAT, located near the recycling area at Buena Vista Landfill. HAZMAT Items accepted: Fluorescent light bulbs, ballasts, paints, stains, solvents, pesticides, herbicides, automotive products, cleaning products, aerosols and pool care chemicals. Hours: HAZMAT is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 7:30am – 3:30pm. Call 831.454-2606 for additional information and tips on safe transportation.