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Coastal Cleanup Day Is Tomorrow!

By Leslie Robinson Sep 13, 2012 - Trash
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This year's Coastal Cleanup Day is tomorrow, Saturday, September 15! Grab your friends and head to the beach! With over 20 sites participating, you have lots of great choices. We'll see you tomorrow at 9:00 a.m.!

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Check Your Number!

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3,000? 5,000? 10,000? How many miles can your vehicle travel between oil changes? If you automatically defer to the old 3,000 mile standard, you may be wasting time and money...as well as valuable natural resources.

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Free Compost Workshops This Spring!

By Jeff Simeon May 24, 2012 - Yard Waste

Free compost workshops will be taking place in Santa Maria, the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Barbara in May and the beginning of June! Don't miss your chance to learn more about this amazing way to reduce your waste and improve your garden.


The workshops are complete for the year.


Visit LessIsMore.org/workshops for more information.

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Free Hazardous Waste Drop-off April 1st

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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 the County's upcoming household hazardous waste collection event on Sunday, April 1st at the Santa Ynez Valley Recycling and Transfer Station.

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Mulch Madness Begins: Rebates for Mulching!

By Jeff Simeon Feb 23, 2012 in Press Releases - Yard Waste
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Using County mulch could not only save you water and beautify your garden, you could get rebates from your water provider too!

County residents can participate in Mulch Madness by adding mulch to their landscapes to improve the health and water-saving capacity of their gardens - - and certain water providers offer cash rebates to help subsidize the cost of materials. Best of all, those rebates aren’t limited to mulch, but also pertain to other “smart landscaping” improvements such as switching to drip irrigation, turf removal, planting water-wise plants, and making other changes which reduce water usage in the garden.

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Green Business Program Luncheon Honors Nine Newest Members

By Jeff Simeon Feb 16, 2012 in Press Releases
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The Green Business Program of Santa Barbara County celebrated the most recent Santa Barbara County businesses to achieve the Green Business certification at a luncheon February 15. The companies most recently certified are: Aqua-Flo Supply (Goleta), the Chumash Casino Resort –Hotel (Santa Ynez), Santa Barbara Airbus (Goleta), True Nature (Goleta), four UCSB Dining Commons, and Z Folio Gallery (Solvang).

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Plastic Bag Recycling a Whole Lot Easier!

By Leslie Robinson Feb 02, 2012 - Recycle
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With plastic bags a hot topic these days, we're happy to announce that local residents can now place all clean plastic bags in their curbside recycling bins. From grocery bags to sandwich bags, and lots of types in between, go ahead and toss your bags in the blue bin!

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Recycle Your Christmas Tree Today!

By Jeff Simeon Dec 29, 2011 - Yard Waste

Christmas tree recycling is happening all over Santa Barbara County! Make sure your tree is included.



We have all the details for your area included in our video, by clicking "Read More" below or by visiting our Christmas tree recycling page!

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What to get the composter in your life?

By Jeff Simeon Nov 19, 2011 - Yard Waste Discuss 2 comments
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As the Holidays and Black Friday approach, you may be wondering what can you get for the composter in your life? Lucky for you the County has our great $40 discounted Earth Machine composting bins in stock.


And one more thing. We have a limited supply of $25 compost aerators too!

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California Adopts 75% Recycling Goal

By Jeff Simeon Oct 06, 2011 - Clean-Ups, Recycle
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California has always been a national leader in the recycling movement. One reason why is that in 1989 a statewide bill introduced the mandate of 50% materials recycling to the State. Yesterday, on October 6, 2011 the state got a new goal of 75%!

In Santa Barbara County, we have been at or close to 75% recycling for the last few years, as have several local cities. This bill challenges the rest of California to reach our recycling level. It also challenges us to keep up our great track record and continue to expand recycling opportunities in Santa Barbara County.

You can read more about this exciting change and more in a statement from Californians Against Waste. Or you can read the official bill, AB 341.

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