Practices and Policies
There are lots of emerging issues in the waste management field. In this section we highlight policies that the County of Santa Barbara supports as well as practices other jurisdictions can learn from.
This is the newest section on LessIsMore.org and will continue to grow as the recycling and waste management systems in California change.
A proposed new ordinance would prohibit the sale or distribution of single-use carryout plastic bags at grocery stores, supermarkets, pharmacies, and liquor stores in the unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County. Click here for more info.
Ever wonder why the products you buy come with so much packaging, or why retail stores don't take back and recycle the items they sell? We certainly do. Learn more about the County's efforts to support product stewardship, an important waste reduction strategy, by clicking here. You can also download the County's Resolution to Support Extended Producer Responsibility.
The County's new franchise agreements for the collection of refuse, recyclables, and green waste incorporate various programs and initiatives that help benefit our environment. Visit our Green Franchises page for more information.
For nearly a decade the County of Santa Barbara has had a Mandatory Commercial Recycling Program for businesses in the unincorporated areas of the county. Read about the ins and outs of the program, including compliance and enforcement, by clicking here.
Construction and demolition (C&D) debris consists of waste that is generated during the construction, remodeling, or demolition of buildings and roads. C&D materials typically include heavy and bulky items like concrete, bricks, metals, glass and lumber. C&D materials can also include salvaged building components like doors, appliances, fixtures, hardware, and windows.
The County of Santa Barbara has a number of policies in place to promote the recycling and reuse of C&D debris. Read more by clicking here.
Links to Policy Pages
December 10, 2013 by Carlyle Johnston - Policies
November 04, 2013 by Leslie Robinson - Electronics
April 26, 2013 by Leslie Robinson - Hazardous Waste
April 09, 2013 by Leslie Robinson - Policies
October 06, 2011 by Jeff Simeon - Policies