You may dispose of most paper items in your blue recycling bin. Paper is about 30% of all the waste we dispose of each year.
Find out about the many ways of disposing of paper below.
Paper is made from natural fibers, mostly wood. In addition to being easily recyclable, many paper products are also compostable and reusable. However, some papers are contaminated with food and other debris, making them non-recyclable. Take a peek below for specifics.
- Mixed paper (office paper, paper bags, junk mail and colored paper)
- Magazines, newspapers, and phonebooks
- Corrugated cardboard and paperboard
- NEW MATERIALS ACCEPTED: Tetra-pak (look for wording on package) or aseptic containers, such as those for soy milk and soup and refrigerated cartons, such as those containing milk or juice. Ensure that the containers are emptied before being deposited into a recycling container.
- Old or damaged paperback books
Reduce and Reuse these:
- Reuse books, both hardback and paperback
- Donate recent magazines and newspapers
- Stop your junkmail
- Reuse cardboard boxes
- Black and white newsprint makes good worm composting bedding, but avoid color inks
- Some food-contaminated paper products can be composted or vermicomposted
- Paper towels, tissue, and toilet paper
- Food-contaminated cardboard (pizza) boxes and paper plates and cups
- ATM receipts and carbon paper
- Read more about why these are trash
Why recycle paper?
All recycling conserves materials and energy. To learn more about these benefits, check out our Why Recycle page.
Where to go
All of Santa Barbara County (2)
Santa Barbara Area (3)
Goleta & UCSB Area (2)
Santa Ynez Valley (2)
Lompoc Valley & VAFB (2)
Santa Maria Valley (2)
- City of Santa Maria Landfill, aka City of Santa Maria Regional Landfill — 2065 E Main St
- Waste Management — 1850 West Betteravia Road
Cuyama Valley (1)
- *New Cuyama Transfer Station — 5073 Highway 166
Outside Santa Barbara County (3)
- Book Reuse
- Colored Paper and Junk Mail
- Document Shredding
- Home Composting
- Magazine, Catalog and Newspaper Reuse
- Magazines, Catalogs and Phone Books
- Packaging Material Reuse
- Paper Trash
- Paperback Books
- School Supplies
- Stop Junk Mail
- White Paper and Computer Paper
- Why Recycle?
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