Alternative ways to recycle
Take to the RRF

Bulky furniture items such as couches, dressers, bookcases, chairs, desks or old tables are accepted at the Resource Recovery Facility for a fee.

Note: Mattresses and box springs are accepted free of charge, with a limit five items per visit.

Twice a year the City offers free pick up of bulky items like furniture by appointment. This service is free-of-charge when customers use the Service Tags provided in the annual Refuse & Recycling mailer.  Without these tags, customers will need to pay the bulky item or appliance fee.  Appointments are scheduled through Customer Service — call (831) 420-5220.

Several local organizations also accept donations of used furniture in good repair:

Thrift Center | 1305 Water St.
Monday – Saturday 9am – 8pm, Sunday 9am – 6pm

Salvation Army | 812 Pacific Ave.
Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm

Goodwill | 204 Union St.
Monday – Saturday 8am – 7pm, Sunday 9am – 6pm

Habitat for Humanity Restore Santa Cruz | 719 Swift St.
Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm

Fabulous Finds | 205 River St.
Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm

Disassembly Not Required

Most furniture does not need to be disassembled before it’s dropped off. Secure drawers, doors and glass by taping them down. Then you can transport the furniture to the landfill.

Alternative Ways to Recycle

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IKEA Buy Back Program

Resell your IKEA furniture for store credit through their Buy Back & Resell program. This program is available to IKEA Family Members and can help give your used furniture a new home and/or use.

Ways to Reduce

Sell or Give Away Unwanted Furniture

It’s easy to sell or give away unwanted furniture. Even if your furniture is in rough shape, it’s likely someone could use it or would be willing to fix it up themselves.

Ways to Reuse


Add a New Coat of Paint

If a piece of furniture looks worn out, consider giving it a makeover, such as reupholstering. Even adding a fresh coat of paint can brighten up any old furniture piece.

Buy Secondhand Furniture

Consider saving a few dollars by purchasing furniture secondhand, but always check to see if the piece of furniture is broken. Also check for mold on the wooden parts of the furniture.

Did You Know?

How Your Furniture May Be Harming California Condors

A recent study found that populations of the endangered California Condor have elevated levels of toxic contaminants like mercury and PBDEs, a flame retardant. PBDEs leech into the environment through close contact with or improper disposal of the items that contain them, such as stuffed and upholstered furniture. These chemicals have also been shown to have negative health effects on people.