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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.

  • Oil Debris From Refugio Oil Spill

    May 21, 2015 by Leslie Robinson - Hazardous Waste Recycling/Disposal
    We appreciate the concern the public has shown with regards to the Refugio oil spill and understand that there are those who wish to participate in the cleanup. Please note, however, that oil debris collected from the spill is not permitted at the County's Community Hazardous Waste Collection Center. Read more...
  • Final Composting Workshop This Saturday!

    May 04, 2015 by Sam Dickinson - Yard Waste
    Join us for our last composting workshop of the season this Saturday, May 9 at the Santa Maria Valley Sustainable Garden (624 W. Foster Road) from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. We'll cover all the basics and have one of our Earth Machine compost bins on display. Read more...
  • Free Recycling Event April 12th in Santa Ynez

    April 02, 2015 by Leslie Robinson - Electronics
    Join us on Sunday, April 12, at the Santa Ynez Valley Recycling and Transfer Station for our biannual Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection Event. Stop by any time between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. with items like old paint, automotive fluids, pesticides, TVs, computer equipment, and much more. Read more...
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