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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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Trash, Recycling and Green Waste, Oh My!

By Jeff Simeon Apr 09, 2011 - Recycle, Trash, Yard Waste

Learn more about the great three bin system County residents use every day for waste collection in Santa Barbara County. The system helps us to keep over 70% of the waste we generate out of the landfill!



County Television made this great video to explain what happens to the materials in your three bins.

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Give the Gift of Composting.

By Jeff Simeon Dec 01, 2010 in Press Releases - Yard Waste
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Earth Machine Composting bins would make a great Earth Day present! The County of Santa Barbara sells these bins for only $40, which is more than half off their retail price.


If you need more information about composting in general, check out our composting page at LessIsMore.org/compost

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Public Works Wins Yard Waste SWANA Award

For the second year in a row, the Santa Barbara County Public Works Department (parent of LessIsMore.org)has struck gold by winning a prestigious Gold excellence Award from the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). Last year the County took top honors for its overall Integrated Waste Management system. This year’s award is for Marketing, as embodied by the Green Waste Awareness campaign conducted in 2008 by the Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division (RRWMD).

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RRWMD Wins Gold SWANA Award

By Jeff Simeon Jul 18, 2008 in Awards - Trash

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), the leading professional association in the solid waste management field, has chosen parent of LessIsMore.org, the County of Santa Barbara Department of Public Works Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division to receive the SWANA 2008 Gold Excellence Award for Integrated Waste Management.

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