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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 and will continue to grow as the recycling and waste management systems in California change.

Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban

On August 25, 2015, 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. These stores will eventually offer only reusable bags for sale or bags made out of recycled paper that will cost 10 cents per bag.

On the statewide level, Governor Brown signed SB 270 in September 2014. The law is currently on hold, pending the results of a referendum that will be put on the statewide ballot in November 2016. Click here for more info.

Product Stewardship

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.

Green Franchises

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.

Mandatory Commercial Recycling Program

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.

C & D Debris Recycling

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.

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