This section has everything you need to know about recycling at your home, business, apartment or school.
If you're not sure how to recycle a particular item, find it in the list below or use our search bar at the top of the page.
All metal cans are infinitely recyclable. It doesn't matter if they are aluminum drink cans or tin, steel, or bi-metal food cans. Go ahead and throw them into your recycling bin.
What about aerosol cans?
Empty aerosol cans are recyclable and can be put in your blue bin. However, if any contents remain, they are considered Hazardous Waste and should be disposed of at one of the locations listed on our Aerosol Cans page.
What about CRV cans?
Beverage containers, such as aluminum soda cans, are subject to the California Redemption Value (CRV). This is not the case for food cans though. Read ourCRV Page for more details.
How clean should the cans be?
Cleaning is recommended for all food and drink containers, as food and liquids can contaminate the paper in your commingled recycling bin. Don't worry about making them spotless, and avoid cuts, but a quick rinse is always good.
Where to go
All of Santa Barbara County (2)
Carpinteria Area (1)
- rePlanet/Albertsons #6355 — 1018 Casitas Pass Road
Santa Barbara Area (4)
Goleta & UCSB Area (5)
Santa Ynez Valley (5)
Lompoc Valley & VAFB (4)
Santa Maria Valley (8)
- Bedford Enterprises, Inc. — 1940 West Betteravia Road
- City of Santa Maria Landfill, aka City of Santa Maria Regional Landfill — 2065 East Main Street
- Larrabee Brothers Recycling Center — 815 South Blosser Road
- Nexcycle/Vons #301 — 817 East Main Street
- S Earth Recycling, LLC — 770 Guadalupe Street
- Waste Management — 1850 West Betteravia Road
- rePlanet La Chiquita — 1635 North Broadway
- rePlanet/Albertsons #6348 — 2320 South Broadway
Cuyama Valley (2)
Outside Santa Barbara County (3)
- Earth911.com - Information Only — 3481 Plano Parkway
- RecycleMatch — 3375 Westpark Drive, Suite 321
- Waste Management Incorporated, Think Green from Home
- Aerosol Cans (with contents)
- Aluminum Scrap Recycling
- California Refund Value (CRV) Beverage Container Recycling
- Metal Cans Recycling
- Metals (other than cans) Recycling
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