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Public Hearing Scheduled for Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban Ordinance Draft EIR

By Jan 10, 2014 January 10, 2014 - Reduce & Reuse
The County will hold a public hearing on Thursday, January 16 at 5:00 p.m. in the Planning Commission Hearing Room (123 East Anapamu Street, First Floor) to receive verbal comments on the draft EIR for the Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban Ordinance. Written comments will be accepted until Friday, January 24. Read more...

Draft EIR for Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban Ordinance Now Available

By Dec 10, 2013 December 10, 2013 - Reduce & Reuse
The draft EIR is now available for public download! We are receiving comments on this document until January 27, 2014. There will also be a public hearing on the draft EIR at the County Planning Commission Hearing Room (located on the first floor of the Main County Administration Building at 105 East Anapamu) on January 16, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Read more...

County Moves Forward With Plastic Bag Ordinance EIR

By Nov 05, 2013 November 05, 2013
On October 15, 2013 the County Board of Supervisors instructed staff to move forward with an environmental review of a Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban (SUPBB) Ordinance for the unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County. Read more...

Free Oil and Filter Recycling

By Jun 03, 2013 June 03, 2013 - Hazardous Waste Recycling/Disposal
With summer quickly upon us, make sure your vehicle is tuned up for all those upcoming road trips. If you change your own oil, you can recycle it at no charge at one of over 50 drop-off locations in the County. And don’t forget your oil filters too! Read more...

RRWMD & Senator Jackson Promote Safe Medication Disposal

By Apr 26, 2013 April 26, 2013 - Hazardous Waste Recycling/Disposal
Earlier today members of our Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division joined State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and Supervisor Janet Wolf in a press event to promote Senator Jackson’s safe medication disposal bill, SB 727. Read more...

Resource Recovery Office Green Biz Certified

By Feb 21, 2013 February 21, 2013 - Recycle, Reduce & Reuse
The Resource Recovery and Waste Management Division’s office in downtown Santa Barbara was recently certified as an official Green Business through the Green Business Program of Santa Barbara County. The program recognizes businesses that go above and beyond to protect, preserve, and improve the environment. Read more...

New Retail-Based Paint Collection Program

By Feb 19, 2013 February 19, 2013 - Hazardous Waste Recycling/Disposal
Now when you go to buy new paint, you may be able to bring your old paint back to the same location. In October 2012 seven paint retailers in Santa Barbara County began participating in a new collection program operated by the industry group PaintCare. Residents, as well as qualifying businesses, are able to use the drop-off sites at no charge. Read more...

Check Your Number!

By Jun 12, 2012 June 12, 2012 - Hazardous Waste Recycling/Disposal
3,000? 5,000? 10,000? How many miles can your vehicle travel between oil changes? If you automatically defer to the old 3,000 mile standard, you may be wasting time and money…as well as valuable natural resources. Read more...

Help with Illegal Dumping

By Jun 28, 2011 June 28, 2011 - Trash

The recent move out in Isla Vista shines a spotlight on County cleanup efforts. Brad Spencer, one of the County’s code enforcement officers, explains how the County is here to help the community with waste related complaints.

Find out more about reporting illegal dumping on’s Illegal Dumping page. Residents living in cities should contact their city for similar issues.


Buy Great Re-Used Items at the GIVE Sale

By Jun 16, 2011 June 16, 2011 - Reduce & Reuse

Isla Vista move-out is generating a lot less trash these days thanks to the GIVE Sale on June 18th and 19th. Community groups keep and resell great reusable goods raising money for charities while keeping trash out of the landfill.

The GIVE Sale is a great way to learn about reuse, help the environment and save money. You can get electronics, furniture, clothing and more! Get directions and learn more about the sale on Saturday June 18th and on Sunday June 19th in our events section.

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