Bulbs

It is illegal to put compact fluorescent bulbs, fluorescent tubes, high-density discharge bulbs, metal halide bulbs, sodium or neon bulbs in your trash or recycling cart!

Fluorescent bulbs and tubes may be dropped off for recycling at the following locations:

Westside Hardware | 849 Almar Avenue  | tubes up to 4 ft | 4 items per visit
Santa Cruz Hardware | 1214 Soquel Avenue  | tubes up to 4 ft | 4 items per visit 
Greenspace | 719 Swift Street | tubes up to 4 ft | 
Riverside Lighting & Electric | 300 Soquel Avenue  | tubes up to 4 ft | 10 items per visit

Santa Cruz Resource Recovery Facility | 605 Dimeo Lane
Monday – Saturday 7:30 am – 3:30 pm | Residential sources only| tubes, bulbs & ballasts | 10 items per visit 

Tubes over 4 feet are accepted from residents at the RRF. No commercial drop off.  Businesses must take bulbs and tubes to the Buena Vista Landfill.

Batteries

Used batteries are considered hazardous waste in California. This includes single-use and rechargeable Alkaline and Lithium AAA, AA,C, D, button cell, 9-volt, and other small household batteries. For less waste, use rechargeable batteries.

Note: Businesses selling rechargeable batteries must take them back for recycling.

Household batteries may be dropped off at the following City Facilities:
City of Santa Cruz Public Works Dept. | 809 Center Street, Room 201
City of Santa Cruz Municipal Utilities Customer Service Office | 212 Locust Street
City Hall | Locust Street parking lot, trash enclosure battery receptacle
Louden Nelson Community Center | 301 Center Street
Santa Cruz Resource Recovery Facility
| 605 Dimeo Lane | Monday – Saturday 7:30 am – 3:30 pm

Retail Locations:

O’Reilly Auto Parts | 411 May Avenue
Outdoor World Sporting Goods | 136 River Street

Hazardous Waste