Blue Bin Recycling
Place most metal items into your commingled recycling container if you have recycling service at your home, business, apartment or school.
You may also recycle larger pieces of metal at locations listed on this page.
Metals are elements that start out as rocks (called ores). It takes lots of energy to mine them, grind them, and heat them up (smelting) to get just the part we want. For example, it takes eight tons of the ore bauxite to make one ton of aluminum. While this process is very energy intensive, the good news is...
Almost All Metals are Recyclable!
If you have a hard object made out of metal -- a can, toy, tool, or car part -- you don’t have to worry about what type of metal it is. Just put it in your blue bin. Click the links below for more information about the different metal types.
Brass and Bronze
- A copper alloy with zinc or tin
- Usually used in gold or green ornamental metal objects
- Read more about Brass and Bronze
- Mostly iron with some carbon and silicon
- Common in frying pans and other cooking instruments
- Read more about Cast Iron
- A red colored metal, tarnishes green
- Used in pennies and some cookware
- Common in wire and pipes
- Read more about Copper
What about cans?
Check out our Metal Cans page for info on where you can recycle your cans, both aluminum and steel. We also have a CRV page that tells all about the Bottle Bill and covered products. The only can that is not recyclable at home is a partially full aerosol can which is classified as hazardous waste.
Which metals aren't recyclable?
Some metals can't be put in your recycling container, but you probably already know about most of them. Examples include any radioactive metal (Uranium, Plutonium, but how did you get them anyway?) and Mercury or objects containing Mercury. Also off limits are lead containing products like Cathode Ray Tubes (found in TVs and computer montitors).
While precious metals are recyclable, chances are you probably want to keep the value of your silver, gold, or platinum for yourself. Check out our Jewelry page for more information.
Where to go
All of Santa Barbara County (2)
Santa Barbara Area (4)
Goleta & UCSB Area (2)
Santa Ynez Valley (2)
Lompoc Valley & VAFB (2)
- Vandenberg Air Force Base Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services — Building 11590, 1205 Utah Avenue
- Vandenberg Air Force Base Materials Diversion Center — Building 11510, 1205 Utah Avenue
Santa Maria Valley (4)
- Bedford Enterprises, Inc. — 1940 West Betteravia Road
- Black Road Auto — 1500 South Black Road
- City of Santa Maria Landfill, aka City of Santa Maria Regional Landfill — 2065 East Main Street
- Waste Management — 1850 West Betteravia Road
Cuyama Valley (2)
Outside Santa Barbara County (2)
- Aerosol Cans (with contents)
- Aluminum Scrap Recycling
- Brass and Bronze Recycling
- California Refund Value (CRV) Beverage Container Recycling
- Cast Iron Recycling
- Copper Recycling
- Steel Recycling
- Tin Recycling
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