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ReSource Center Experience

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.

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With the start of 2021, trash has been handled differently in Santa Barbara County. The development of the ReSource Center facility includes a state-of-the-art Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) to sort recyclables and trash, and an Anaerobic Digester (AD) to process both mixed and source-separated organics. Together these operations will recover more than 85% of our waste and also generate green energy to power the facility and parts of our community. 

The end result is the recovery and sale of additional recyclables, and the production of green energy, compost, and nutrient-rich compost for local land application. It is anticipated that the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions associated with this project is equivalent to removing over 28,000 vehicles from local roadways.

Come visit upstairs in the Materials Recovery Facility where our 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 hard working 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.


  • 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.
  • If you have a smaller group, please contact Sam Dickinson to coordinate joining another group.


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