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This site is the ultimate waste reduction resource for residents of Santa Barbara County. Knowing what to reduce, reuse and recycle can be tough. What goes where and why? For a quick answer, watch our video. You can also use our search tool to look up a particular item that you're not sure what to do with. Or peruse the tabs above to learn more about hazardous waste, electronics recycling, home composting and much more.

  • Free Hazardous Waste Events in October

    September 25, 2015 by Leslie Robinson - Electronics
    If you’re tired of seeing those old paint cans in the garage or that old jug of used motor oil in the back shed, bring them to an upcoming household hazardous waste collection event. The County is holding two events in October – on Saturday, October 10 in New Cuyama and on Sunday, October 11 in the Santa Ynez Valley. Read more...
  • Plastic Bags Not Acceptable in Blue Bin

    September 25, 2015 by Carlyle Johnston - Recycle
    The County and its partner cities always try to ensure that any item with market value can be placed in curbside recycling containers.

    Unfortunately, for the past year we have been unable to find a market for plastic bags and other plastic film. Industry leaders believe that this will continue to be the case for the next several years. Read more...
  • Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban Passed by Board of Supervisors

    August 25, 2015 by Carlyle Johnston - Policies
    On August 25 the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors adopted a local ordinance banning single-use plastic bags in some stores in the unincorporated areas of the county. Staff estimates that 8 larger stores and 66 smaller stores will be affected. Read more...
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