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County’s ReSource Center Is Helping Many Residents Recycle their Organics

Per California’s new state law, SB 1383, Santa Barbara County businesses and residents are required to participate in an organic waste recovery program beginning in January 2022. Fortunately, the County’s long-standing organics recycling programs and new ReSource Center will ensure that our community achieves compliance with the new requirements. The County’s ReSource Center serves the cities of Buellton, Goleta, Santa Barbara, Solvang, and the unincorporated areas of the Cuyama Valley, Santa Ynez Valley, and South Coast. The Center converts commercial and residential waste into resources by recovering recyclable materials and transforming organics into landscape nutrients in the Anaerobic Digestion Facility and Compost Management Unit. With this new technology, approximately 60% of additional waste from our trash cans is diverted from the landfill, bringing our region’s diversion rate to above 85% while significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This means that if you live or work in these areas, your food scraps and other organics, like wet paper, will be sorted from the trash and converted into compost and renewable energy. In addition to the ReSource Center, the County offers other ways for the community to recover and recycle organics. These programs include yard waste collection and processing; backyard composting (get your discounted composting bin here!); and commercial food scraps collection and processing. As a reminder, for those living in the ReSource Center “wasteshed,” there’s no change in how you need to manage your waste. Residents should continue using their green waste, recycling, and trash containers in the same way they always have. Just remember, recyclables should be clean and dry, no food waste in the green waste bin (including fruit from backyard trees!), and never put e-waste or hazardous waste in the trash. Please contact the County Public Works Department with any questions at (805) 882-3600 or recycling@countyofsb.org.

County’s ReSource Center Is Helping Many Residents Recycle their Organics

By Jan 20, 2022 January 20, 2022 - Organics
What’s the story with our yard waste and food scraps? Per new state laws, businesses and residents are required to participate in an organic waste recovery program beginning in January 2022. Fortunately, the County’s long-standing organics recycling programs and new ReSource Center will ensure that our community achieves compliance with the new requirements. Read more...

Christmas Tree Recycling

By Dec 23, 2021 December 23, 2021 - Organics
It’s that time again! Either have your tree picked up by your trash hauler or drop it off at a free collection site. Just remember to cut trees over 6-feet tall and remove all ornaments, tinsel, and stands prior to recycling. Read more...

Latest Annual Report Available for County’s Hazardous Waste Collection Program

By Dec 17, 2021 December 17, 2021 - Hazardous Waste Recycling/Disposal
The Fiscal Year 2020-21 Annual Report for the Community Hazardous Waste Collection Center is now available for your reading pleasure. We are grateful for another year of providing these services to our community. As always, call us (805) 882-3602 for hazardous waste information. Read more...

Hazardous Waste Center Closed for Holidays

By Dec 16, 2021 December 16, 2021 - Hazardous Waste Recycling/Disposal
Happy holidays! Please note that the Community Hazardous Waste Collection Center will be closed during the Christmas and New Year’s weekends, from Friday, December 24 through Sunday, January 2. Read more...

America Recycles Day is November 15!

By Nov 10, 2021 November 10, 2021 - Recycle
We are celebrating America Recycles Day on November 15! You can too by brushing up on local recycling options. It can be tricky to know what can and can’t go into your blue bin. Metals, glass, paper, and some plastics are great recycling candidates. Find all of the details here. Read more...

The 2021 Alisal Fire Briefly Closed ReSource Center due to Minor Damage

By Oct 20, 2021 October 20, 2021 - ReSource Center
Updates as of December 21, 2021: Thanks to staff efforts, the ReSource Center and landfill were able to reopen only two weeks after the start of the fire, Refugio Road received minor damage from the storms, and storm runoff flowed smoothly to the ocean. Read more...

Another Impactful Coastal Cleanup Day Event

By Sep 24, 2021 September 24, 2021 - Clean-Ups
During this year’s event, 1,287 volunteers in Santa Barbara County helped clean up 5,211 pounds of trash and over 892 pounds of recyclables for a total of 6,104 pounds, or 3.05 tons of waste! Read more...

FREE Household Hazardous Waste Events!

By Aug 31, 2021 August 31, 2021 - Hazardous Waste Recycling/Disposal
We’re excited to welcome residents of the Santa Ynez Valley and Cuyama Valley to our upcoming household hazardous waste and electronics collection events in October. Bring items like paint, batteries, pesticides, and more! Read more...

Baron Ranch Closure

By August 31, 2021 - Reduce & Reuse
In order to prevent the spread of wildfires, the Baron Ranch/Arroyo Quemado Trail is currently closed, and will remain closed until September 17, 2021. This is consistent with the state-wide closure of all California National Forests. Read more...

Give Old Clothes a New Life!

By Aug 30, 2021 August 30, 2021 - Reduce & Reuse
Textiles can be recycled in Santa Barbara! Old shirts, backpacks, matching pairs of shoes, and clean rags are accepted at the County’s South Coast Recycling and Transfer Station. Read more...
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