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ReSource Center

This new state-of-the-art waste management facility will increase our community’s recycling rate to above 85%, generate resources, such as green energy and compost, and dramatically lower local greenhouse gas emissions.

The ReSource Center converts commercial and residential waste into resources by recovering recyclable materials, transforming organics into landscape nutrients, and creating renewable energy in the process. With this new technology, approximately 60% of additional waste from our trash cans is diverted from the landfill bringing our region’s diversion rate above 85% while significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Click here to learn more about the ReSource Center benefits.  Specific information about the Anaerobic Digester can be found here, and more information about the Material Recovery Facility can be found here.

Adult Public Group Tour Sign Ups!

Come visit upstairs in the Materials Recovery Facility where our brand new Education Center is located! Here you can experience first-hand, the behind-the-scenes of the trash and recyclables sorting operations.

The center offers a unique, physical educational experience about waste reduction. With the Education Center located on the second floor, you are able to look down and around the inside of the Materials Recovery Facility through the tall windows that frame the bright green machinery and hardworking crew.

The ReSource Center tour is tailored to the interests and needs of your group and provides comprehensive information to all participants.

We are excited to welcome you to tour this new facility and experience the benefits of a cleaner, more sustainable future. If you’re interested in touring the ReSource Center, please select an available day on the calendar to submit a tour request for you and your group (must be ten or more participants). Everything you need to prepare and know for your tour is located on this page. Please carefully read this page and especially the directions before your visit.

You can also choose the ReSource Center AND Landfill Tour (1.5 hours) where you will drive around Tajiguas Landfill with several stops to learn about landfill history, engineering, and environmental measures after touring the ReSource Center.

Here is a link to the Tour Welcome Packet and Liability Waiver. The waiver must be completed before entering the facility by each participant.


  • Tours are currently available Monday and Wednesday.
  • Tours are available to Santa Barbara County residents over 18 years of age. Information about student tours is available in the next section.
  • Groups can be between 10 and 30 participants.
  • 5 cars max per group due to limited parking. Please carpool.
  • Bring the completed liability form with you to the tour.
  • Closed-toe shoes required and sun protection recommended for the outdoor landfill portion of the tour.
  • No food allowed inside the education room.
  • No dogs allowed on-site except for preapproved service animals.
  • If you have a smaller group, please contact Sam Dickinson by email to coordinate joining another group:

Please follow these directions closely:  

Here are directions to the ReSource Center.

Student Group Tour Sign Ups!

Schools located in the City of Goleta, City of Solvang, and unincorporated areas of the County are eligible for a new fieldtrip to the County’s ReSource Center and Tajiguas Landfill offered in partnership with Explore Ecology! During the fieldtrip students will be able to see the innerworkings of this facility, understand where our trash and recycling is sorted, and learn about how this facility recovers recyclables and diverts organic waste to be composted. After a hands-on lesson in the Education Center inside the Materials Recovery Facility, students will get to see the landfill’s open face where trash is buried. This fieldtrip is available to grades 4 and up and is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes in length. The County is able to provide bus funding for eligible schools.

Teachers can sign up for this free fieldtrip on Explore Ecology’s website here.

Virtual Education Tour Slideshow

Can’t make it in person to the ReSource Center Education Room? Want a preview before your visit? Take a look at Virtual Tour of the Education Center.

Download our educational posters by visiting this Google Drive.

We also offer a supplemental Waste Reduction Library featuring videos and tools to help you learn more about the three R’s and the waste we all create. Click below to check it out.

We’ll Come To You

Our staff will come to you to provide free presentations. Please email Carlyle Johnston at to arrange your presentation today.

More Resources

MarBorg Industries partners with the County to operate the Material Recovery Facility at the ReSource Center. You can learn more about MarBorg here: