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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.

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.


  • Tours are currently available Monday and Wednesday.
  • Tours are available to Santa Barbara County residents over 7 years of age.
  • Groups can be between 10 and 30 participants.
  • Closed-toe shoes required and sun protection recommended for the outdoor landfill portion of the tour.
  • If you have a smaller group, please contact Sam Dickinson by email to coordinate joining another group:

The ReSource Center is not easy to find. Please follow these directions closely:  

Here are directions to the ReSource Center.

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:

Click here for updates regarding the effects of the Alisal Fire at the ReSouce Center.