Recycling Requirements

California requires mandatory commercial recycling as required by Assembly Bill 341 (
Chapter 476, Statutes of 2011 [Chesbro, AB 341]) and Senate Bill 1018. This regulation addresses recycling requirements for businesses that generate 4 or more cubic yards of commercial solid waste per week and multifamily residential dwellings with 5 or more units, regardless of the amount of waste generated; local jurisdiction requirements for education, outreach, monitoring and reporting; and CalRecycle review.

Business Recycling Program Brochure
Learn more about AB341 - mandatory commercial recycling.

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Recycling Services

Free curbside collection of recycling occurs every other week. Customers who need recycling services can order a container by calling customer service (831) 768-3133. The City of Watsonville provides curbside collection of recycling, garbage and yard waste for residential and commercial properties which include single family homes, mixed use properties and multifamily dwellings. Garbage and recyclables are collected from over 11,000 homes and businesses each week. These efforts are to meet mandated diversion goals established by the State of California. Learn what’s recyclable in Watsonville: Curbside Recycle Program Brochure.

Do not place bulky items in carts; please take them to the City's Drop-off Center: Find out what's accepted here.

Waste & Recycling Drop-off Center
320 harvest Drive, Gate 4
Watsonville, CA 95076

General Collection Guidelines

  • Cart wheels should touch the curb and handles facing your house.
  • Leave 3 feet of clearance on all sides of your carts (signs, poles, cars, etc.).
  • Set your cart out the night before. Garbage and recycling service starts at 4:30 a.m.

Container Sizes & Options

A 95 gallon blue recycling cart is provided to each household at no additional charge. Please remember that over 75% of waste produce is recyclable. Do not overload your cart. You may request a larger cart if needed.

We can help

Report a problem - missed service, illegal dumping, container repair, or general questions by calling Customer Service at (831) 768-3133.