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Businesses with Hazardous Waste

Wastes in this section are dangerous to you and the environment. Handle them carefully and dispose of them properly.

Legally, households may not transport more than 15 gallons of wet or 125 pounds of dry hazardous materials. Read about the regulation.

Businesses tend to generate more hazardous waste than households, and the waste can be very different from what a household would have. Because of this, businesses are treated differently when it comes to hazardous waste disposal.

Businesses must schedule an appointment prior to dropping off their waste, and they pay for disposal directly. Households, on the other hand, generally do not need an appointment and pay for disposal through an automatic fee built into their trash bill.

Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators

Businesses that generate less than 100 kilograms (27 gallons or 220 pounds) of hazardous waste per month, including a maximum of 1 kilogram (1 quart or 2.2 pounds) of acutely hazardous waste, are classified as Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators (CESQGs) and can use the centers listed on this page. Businesses that produce more than this amount are required to use a licensed hazardous waste hauler to manifest and transport their waste.

Businesses that generate waste on an ongoing basis are required by law to have a State or Federal ID number.  You can find more information on the Department of Toxic Substances Control website. Some businesses that generate and handle universal waste, and businesses that generate less than 100 kg per month of photographic waste containing silver are exempt from having an ID number.

Large Quantity Generators

Businesses that produce more than 27 gallons or 220 pounds of hazardous waste per month are required to use a licensed hazardous waste hauler to manifest and transport their waste.

CESQG Collection Programs

Community Hazardous Waste Collection Center

Businesses in Santa Barbara County that qualify as a CESQG are eligible to use the Community Hazardous Waste Collection Center (CHWCC) on Fridays by appointment. Businesses are charged a user fee of $24.00 for processing and administration costs, plus a disposal fee based on the types and quantities of waste being disposed. Nonprofit organizations (501(c)(3)) are eligible for a 25% discount, and the user fee is waived.

Download our CESQG brochure in English or Spanish.

In addition to the $24.00 user fee, businesses located in the cities of Buellton, Carpinteria, and Guadalupe are charged an additional 30% to cover overhead costs, since those jurisdictions do not participate in the program. Lompoc and Santa Maria businesses are not eligible, as those cities offer their own CESQG programs (see below).

Businesses and all non-households (including churches, schools, government agencies, and nonprofit groups) may use the CHWCC on Fridays by appointment. To make an appointment, call the County of Santa Barbara's Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division at (805) 882-3602. Please note that businesses and other non-households may not use the CHWCC on weekend days.

You can read more about the CESQG program in our Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Report.

The fees listed below are effective from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018:

Facility Fee: $24.00

Automotive/Machine Shop

Motor Oil/Hydraulic Oil
Oil/Water Mixture
Motor Oil Filters (Metal-Based)
Motor Oil Filters (Plastic or Paper-Based) $3.25/pound


Alkaline/Lead Acid/Silver Oxide
Automotive/Nickel Cadmium
No charge
No charge

Bulked Items (based on net liquid)

Latex Paint (PaintCare Program)

Latex Paint (Non-PaintCare Program)

No charge*


Oil-Based Paint (PaintCare Program)

Oil-Based Paint (Non-PaintCare Program)

No charge*

Waste Paint and Thinner

Chemicals (based on gross weight)

Liquids/Solids (Overpacks)
Liquids/Solids (Labpacks)
Mercury (Elemental/Compounds)
Mercury (Manufactured Articles)
Non-RCRA Landfill
Paint (Quarts/Pints)
PCB Ballasts


Asbestos (Friable)
Asbestos (Rooftar)
Contaminated Soil
Drums (55-Gallon Steel or Plastic)
Fluorescent Bulbs
Propane Cylinders (3 Gallons or Less)
Propane Cylinders (Over 3 Gallons)


Chlor-D-tect/PCB Test
Hazardous Category Test
* Latex and oil-based paint must meet the criteria established by PaintCare in order to be accepted at no charge.

City of Lompoc Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility

Businesses in the City of Lompoc that qualify as CESQGs are eligible to use the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility. The facility is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. by appointment only.

City of Lompoc Landfill

The Lompoc Landfill accepts some hazardous waste from businesses. Check out the City of Lompoc Landfill page for more information.

City of Santa Maria Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility

Businesses in the City of Santa Maria that qualify as CESQGs may use the City's Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility to dispose of their hazardous wastes. The facility is open, by appointment only, on Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. More information is available on the City of Santa Maria's website.

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