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What's Happening in the San Lorenzo Valley


Baler Grant to Fund New Materials’ Baler for SLV Redemption/Recycling Centers at the Ben Lomond Transfer Station

One of the few truly essential pieces of equipment for the VWC Recycling Centers is the huge baler at the Ben Lomond site. The baler creates large bales out of aluminum cans, plastic bottles, and cardboard to make the material easier to handle and transport, thus increasing their value and reducing costs. The Recycling Centers literally could not operate without…

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Recycling Centers Enters New Phase- Welcome to new Director, Matt Harris!

With the resignation of Director Dave Wright, who has become a partner in a company that does strategic planning, the VWC worked fast to find a new, part-time Director, to fill Dave’s challenging job. Income shortfalls necessitated significant belt-tightening, including cutting administrative costs, so the Director’s position was revamped as part-time. An ad hoc Hiring Committee was established and the…

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Styrofoam Recycling: Densifier Project Update

Due to circumstances beyond our control we are unable to accept or process Styrofoam. We are currently facing long term challenges with the permitting process and equipment issues. Styrofoam at this time can be taken to the Ben Lomond Transfer station and the Buena Vista landfill as refuse and is subject to a fee for disposal. Please know that we are…

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Styrofoam Recycling to Begin in Santa Cruz County

Beginning January, 2015, Santa Cruz County residents and businesses will be able to recycle Styrofoam (aka expanded polystyrene, or EPS) at most of the County’s major landfills and UCSC. The EPS recycling program is a result of a grant by the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County to the San Lorenzo Valley Redemption & Recycling Centers (SLV RRC) of $33,100…

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