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Santa Cruz County Moves Forward with Zero-Waste Plan

Santa Cruz County Moves Forward with Zero-Waste Plan

In an effort to move forward with its zero-waste plan, Santa Cruz County, Calif., has opened the 7-acre Module Five (AKA the last hole). Module Five is the last piece of land within the county to become a trash dump site, and it will accept garbage for approximately 15 to 20 more years.

Santa Cruz’s curbside trash and recycling pickup will remain under the county’s current plan, and solid waste will eventually be send to the Marina landfill in Monterey County. Trash will also continue being sent to the Buena Vista Landfill, which has an extended life thanks to residents reducing solid waste dumping by more than 75 percent.

KSBW has the details: 

It's the beginning of the end for solid waste in Santa Cruz County.

After accepting trash at the Buena Vista Landfill for the last half century, the county is pushing forward with its "zero waste" goal.

Module Five, also known as "the last hole," was opened Tuesday to accept trash. County leaders celebrated the hole's opening as a moment marking the final time a patch of land within the county would become a trash dump site.

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