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Resource Recovery Office Green Biz Certified

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The Resource Recovery and Waste Management Division's office in downtown Santa Barbara was recently certified as an official Green Business through the Green Business Program of Santa Barbara County. The program recognizes businesses that go above and beyond to protect, preserve, and improve the environment.

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New Retail-Based Paint Collection Program

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Now when you go to buy new paint, you may be able to bring your old paint back to the same location. In October 2012 seven paint retailers in Santa Barbara County began participating in a new collection program operated by the industry group PaintCare. Residents, as well as qualifying businesses, are able to use the drop-off sites at no charge.

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Resource Recovery Project Begins Environmental Review

By Carlyle Johnston Nov 13, 2012 - Recycle, Trash

On November 13 the County Board of Supervisors approved private consulting contracts that formally begin the environmental review of the regional Resource Recovery Project. The proposed project will increase recycling, provide compost, generate green energy, and reduce future greenhouse gas emissions related to the management of the communities' solid waste.

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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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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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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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