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Tajiguas Resource Recovery Project

The County Public Works Department and the cities of Santa Barbara, Goleta, Buellton, and Solvang collaborated to evaluate various technologies that provide alternatives to landfilling of solid waste in Southern Santa Barbara County. The result of this effort is the Tajiguas Resource Recovery Project.

Recent News

Take a listen here to KCRW's recent story on the County's Tajiguas Landfill and Resource Recovery Project. The reporter describes the landfill and what currently gets buried there, and provides information on the County's comprehensive waste reduction efforts to limit landfilling.


Project Background

Santa Barbara County has a long history of developing innovative environmental solutions for our community's needs. One of the County's most innovative projects is the Resource Recovery Project, currently being constructed at the Tajiguas Landfill. The project includes a facility that will pull out recyclables mistakenly sent to the landfill and an anaerobic digester to process organic material.

Among the project's most significant achievements will be an increase in our community's recycling rate to above 85%, the generation of green energy, and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in our region.

New Project Fact Sheet

Download our latest project fact sheet by clicking here.

TRRP Fact Sheet Graphic

Project Timeline

The Resource Recovery Project officially broke ground at the end of 2018. Below is a history of the project's major milestones.

TRRP Timeline

Take a Look at Construction!

Click here to get a sneak peek of construction activities. Onsite photos are captured every 15 minutes and displayed as time-lapse videos at the end of the day.


If you need additional information about the project, including environmental documents and staff reports, please feel free to call us at 805-882-3617 or send an e-mail to our staff.

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