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Plastic Bags Are Trash

By Carlyle Johnston Oct 02, 2018

Due to a lack of markets and their propensity to contaminate other recyclables, plastic bags and film plastics, such as plastic wrapping, cling wrap, and small plastic pouches, are not currently recyclable in any of the jurisdictions in Santa Barbara County. Please do not place these items in your blue recycling container at home or at work.


New Tajiguas Resource Recovery Project Video

By Carlyle Johnston Jun 19, 2018

Check out our newest video on the County's Tajiguas Resource Recovery Project.


Non-Hazardous Waste Permit Application

For those interested in applying for a Non-Hazardous Waste Permit from the County, the application can be found here. Please fill it out and send it back to us.


Planning Commission to Review Design Changes for Tajiguas Resource Recovery Project

By Carlyle Johnston Aug 22, 2017

On August 30th the County Planning Commission will review proposed changes to the design of the Tajiguas Resource Recovery Project. The new design moves all structures out of the Coastal Zone while still meeting all of the project's original environmental goals, including reduction of greenhouse gases, production of green energy, and enhanced recycling.


County Supervisors Approve Tajiguas RRP - Largest Reducer of Greenhouse Gases in County History

By Carlyle Johnston Dec 15, 2016 - Trash

On Tuesday the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors approved the final contracts necessary to move forward with the long-awaited Resource Recovery Project. The project will increase the County’s recycling rate to over 85% and will result in an estimated reduction of 110,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent each year.


Biomass Magazine Features Article on Resource Recovery Project

By Carlyle Johnston Dec 01, 2016 - Trash

Biomass Magazine recently published an article on the latest developments of the County's Tajiguas Resource Recovery Project. Click here for the full article or visit our Resource Recovery Project page for more info.


Tajiguas Resource Recovery Project Final Subsequent EIR Released

By Carlyle Johnston Dec 15, 2015 - Trash

The Final Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is now available for the Tajiguas Resource Recovery Project.


Plastic Bags Not Acceptable in Blue Bin

By Carlyle Johnston Sep 25, 2015 - 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.


Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban Passed by Board of Supervisors

By Carlyle Johnston Aug 25, 2015 - Reduce & Reuse

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.


Comment Period on Draft SEIR for Tajiguas Resource Recovery Project Extended

By Carlyle Johnston Sep 15, 2014 - Trash

Public comment on the Draft Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) for the Tajiguas Resource Recovery Project has been extended to Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. The Revised Notice is available by clicking here. You can access the Draft SEIR on the project website.