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Free Hazardous Waste Drop-off October 1 & 2

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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 an upcoming household hazardous waste collection event. The Santa Barbara County Public Works Department is holding two events in early October – on Saturday, October 1 in New Cuyama and on Sunday, October 2 in the Santa Ynez Valley.

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Coastal Cleanup Day Nets Over 7000 Pounds in Santa Barbara County.

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The largest volunteer cleanup in Santa Barbara County had another huge year. With 100% of the sites reporting, 1221 volunteers collected more than 6,114 pounds of trash and 1,095 pounds of recyclables from 30 sites from Rincon Beach Park to Guadalupe Dunes in Santa Barbara County.

Join our Facebook Page at Facebook.com/SBCoast to keep up with next year's cleanup, September 15th, 2012.

Read more about the event after the break.

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Come Out for Coastal Cleanup Day!

Coastal Cleanup Day, Sept. 17th from 9 until Noon, is the biggest volunteer cleanup event in Santa Barbara County and the world! Join your neighbors at one of our over 25 sites and help protect our coast, creeks and lakes!



How big is the event? Last year, 1267 volunteers cleaned nearly 5110 pounds of debris from 28 Santa Barbara County beaches and creeks! Volunteers also saved over 500 bags by bringing their own buckets or reusing bags! Bringing buckets and reusable gloves, such as gardening gloves, is also encouraged to help make this the cleanest greenest Coastal Cleanup Day yet.


Visit LessIsMore.org/Coast to see where we are cleaning and register at your favorite site. Also, be a pal and friend us on facebook at Facebook.com/SBCoast

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Get Your Car in Shape for Summer!

Hey do-it-yourselfers, summer is here! As you prepare your vehicle for all those weekend road trips, make sure to safely dispose of any leftover automotive fluids.


Look no further. We have all the info you need for recycling oil and other auto wastes.

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Help with Illegal Dumping

By Jeff Simeon Jun 28, 2011 - Trash

The recent move out in Isla Vista shines a spotlight on County cleanup efforts. Brad Spencer, one of the County's code enforcement officers, explains how the County is here to help the community with waste related complaints.


Find out more about reporting illegal dumping on LessIsMore.org's Illegal Dumping page. Residents living in cities should contact their city for similar issues.

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Buy Great Re-Used Items at the GIVE Sale.

By Jeff Simeon Jun 16, 2011 - Reduce & Reuse

Isla Vista move-out is generating a lot less trash these days thanks to the GIVE Sale on June 18th and 19th. Community groups keep and resell great reusable goods raising money for charities while keeping trash out of the landfill.


The GIVE Sale is a great way to learn about reuse, help the environment and save money. You can get electronics, furniture, clothing and more! Get directions and learn more about the sale on Saturday June 18th and on Sunday June 19th in our events section.

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Don't Let Your "E-Waste" Go to Waste

By Leslie Robinson Jun 15, 2011 - Electronics

If you're looking to part with your old electronics - TVs, computers, cell phones, you name it - make sure to recycle them at a collection center near you. Find locations and hours of operation on our Electronics Recycling Page.

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LessIsMore.org Reborn!

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LessIsMore.org, the County of Santa Barbara's recycling website, has been completely redesigned!

You can now search for any material you would like to recycle or dispose of and find all the locations near you. Recycling has never been easier.

The site is also jam packed with more information about why certain materials are recyclable, what to do with hazardous waste and electronics, and all sorts of composting information too!

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Free Backyard Composting Workshops

By Jeff Simeon May 09, 2011 - Yard Waste

Always wanted to compost but never knew exactly how it worked? Wish you could compost but think your home doesn't have space for it? Ever hear about worm composting and wondered how you could do that? You are in luck; the County of Santa Barbara offers free backyard composting workshops to answer these questions and more.

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Thank You, Valley Residents!

Many thanks to the 337 participants who attended our Santa Ynez Valley Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection Event on April 3. We collected LOTS of unwanted material, from old paint and motor oil to outdated computers and TVs. By the end of the day, Valley residents dropped off 42,569 pounds of unwanted material.


A big thank-you as well to KEYT for covering our event on the local news. You can view the story here.

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