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Free Sharps Containers and Disposal Available Throughout the County

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With more community members using medical "sharps" (e.g. needles and lancets) at home to test insulin levels and administer medications, please be reminded that the County offers free collection containers and disposal. Download our recent press release here or watch our short video.

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California's New Mattress Recycling Program In Effect

By Leslie Robinson Feb 01, 2016 - Recycle
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Coined "Bye Bye Mattress", the new program is recruiting collection sites locally and working to increase the number of mattresses recycled each year.

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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.

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Battery Recycling Made Easy

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Check out our newest video on battery recycling to quickly learn easy and convenient ways to recycle single-use and rechargeable household batteries.

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New Feature for RRWMD Billing Customers

By Leslie Robinson Nov 20, 2015 - Trash

The Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division is now providing direct access of transactional data to all of our billing customers. You can view information collected through our facility scale system, create your own reports, make payments, and more.

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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.

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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.

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Creating a New Generation of Environmental Stewards

By Sam Dickinson May 31, 2015 - Recycle, Reduce & Reuse
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Taught onsite at Art From Scrap and in schools throughout the County, Explore Ecology delivers free waste reduction and composting education to over 6,000 students every year.

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Oil Debris From Refugio Oil Spill

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.

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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.

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