Recycling with the Waste Wizard 


Over 75% of the waste we produce is recyclable but only if it is clean and dry. Plastic bags, film plastic, and wrappers, such as grocery bags, bread bags, chip bags, sandwich bags and produce bags are no longer accepted. Do not bag your recyclables, (shredded paper should only be the only bagged item in a clear see-through bag).

Residential Recycling Services

To set up recycling services, please call Customer Service (831) 768-3133.

  • Curbside collection of recycling occurs every other week.
  • A 95 gallon blue recycling cart is provided to each household at no additional charge.
  • Do not overload your cart. You may request a larger cart or second cart, if needed.

General Collection Guidelines 

  • Cart wheels should touch the curb and handles should face 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.
  • Do not place bulky items in carts; please take them to the City's Drop-off Center.

Commercial Recycling Services

All businesses are required to recycle. The City of Watsonville is committed to supporting your business with compliance. Our goal is to make recycling easier for your business and reach full compliance.

The City’s Solid Waste Division also provides Organics Waste Recycling services for local businesses, for more information please contact Customer Service (831) 768-3133.

Solid Waste Outreach staff is available to:

  • Help create and implement a waste reduction plan for your business.
  • Provide technical assistance with setting up infrastructure for recycling.
  • Train your staff on proper recycling.
  • Provide recognition opportunities.