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Are you moving this spring and have extra clothes, food, electronics, books, furniture and household items?  Fear not,  there are plenty of ways to pass off your materials to the right people.  

UCSC move out

Special Events for UCSC Off Campus Students:

Slug Garage Sale Weekend May 31st and June 1st, 2014

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  • May 31st and June 1st 2014
  • Hold a garage sale with the rest of the
    slugs off campus
  • Register and promote your yard sale HERE
  • Make some money!

Get Your Bulky Items to Landfill Collection                                              

Registration for bulky item pick up is now closed

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  • Register HERE starting May 19th
  • Disposal of large unusable couches, chairs, mattresses or box springs
  • Collection Dates: Thursday 6/12/14 and Saturday 6/28/14
  • Got Additional Waste? Deliver to the Resource Recovery Facility or call 420-5220 for trash pick up
  • Call (831)420-5546 with questions
  • Frequently Asked Questions

 Opportunities to Donate, Recycle and Properly Dispose


Organization and Website

Phone Number

Food Donations:
Perishable whole foods and Non- perishable food.

Homeless Services Center

Santa Cruz Food Bank


722-7110 x208

Toiletry Supplies:
Laundry Soap, Toilet Paper, Feminine Hygiene Supplies, Shampoo and Soap.

Homeless Services Center



Paper, cardboard, Glass and Plastic Bottles, Cans, rinsed  Jars and more.

City of Santa Cruz


Green Cycle: Yard Trimmings, Plant Waste.

City of Santa Cruz


Household Chemicals:
Household Hazardous Waste, Paint, Cleaning Products

City of Santa Cruz


Clothing and Reusable Household Items:
Clothing, Electronic Waste, Bedding, Books, Furniture, Sporting Goods and more.

Goodwill Industries
Salvation Army



Electronic Recycling: TVs, Monitors, Printers

Hope Services


A-Z Guide of “What to do with all this stuff?” in
Santa Cruz

City of Santa Cruz


Tips for a smooth Move Out


    • Stop purchasing items that you use infrequently.  Common items in the trash during move out include partially used condiments, cereal and pasta.
    • Pack up and Move Early.  Pack items that you don't use every day and, if possible move them early (like Mother's Day or Memorial Day weekend).  Moving items early means the rest of your stuff has a better chance of fitting into your car in June.
    • Slug Garage Sale Weekend May 31st and June 1st, 2014.  Hold a garage or yard sale with the rest of the off campus slugs!  Sign up for and promote your sale online at : City of Santa Cruz - Garage Sale Weekend


    • Swap items with your friends.  Hold a swap party with friends and see if anyone is interested in the clothing, books or household items that you no longer need or want.
    • Swap items online.  Visit websites like Craigslist and Freecycle to swap or sell items locally.
    • Donate what you can.  Local non-profit organizations redistribute all sorts of used items and non-perishable food to the community.  See list above.
    • Take the rest home.  Items left on the street create an environmental hazard and it is illegal too. Please take your belongings with you when you move


    • Remove recyclables early.  Recycle bins overflow during move out, so clear out extra papers and accumulated bottles and cans early or visit a local recycling drop off center for additional recycling. See the City of Santa Cruz Curbside Recycling guide
    • Recycle special and hazardous material responsibly.  To recycle household chemicals like paint, bleach and auto fluids go to the Household Hazardous Waste Site at the Resource Recovery Facility.  Open Saturdays from 7:30am to 3:30 pm. or call 831-454-2606



    • Unusable or broken household items go in the trash.  If your broken household items, perishable foods, bathroom items are not fit to donate, not recyclable or will not fit in the trash can, take them to the Resource Recovery Facility at 605 Dimeo Lane (just 3 miles north of town) or call Customer Service for an extra trash pick-up at 420-5220.
    • Unusable large Bulky Items to Landfill Collection.  Sign up for the Bulky Item to Landfill Collection days - Thursday 6/12/14 or Saturday 6/28/14 for UCSC off campus students.  If you have a couch, bulky chair, mattress or box spring that no one else wants, you may sign up to have your unusable large bulky item removed HERE. 







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