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Let's Talk Trash!

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.    

Sign-up for one of our free educational experiences. The County will accommodate student field trips, work retreats, or anyone curious about how our waste is handled. You will learn that preventing waste is simple. Learn to be creative in reducing, reusing, and recycling and see how waste reduction is good for our communities, environment, and wallets. The County’s educational experiences empower community members with the knowledge they need to make a significant positive impact through what they consume and dispose of day to day.

Important Information:

  • Tours are currently offered on 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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South Coast Recycling and Transfer Station

As its name implies, the materials that arrive at a transfer station don't stay there for very long. On our South Coast Recycling and Transfer Station educational experience, we'll tell you where everything goes and provide tips on how to reduce your environmental impact. Click the ‘Click Here To Learn More’ button for more information and to schedule your tour!

ReSource Center Experience

Santa Barbara County is now home to a cutting-edge waste management facility, the ReSource Center. This facility includes a state-of-the-art Materials Recovery Facility to sort recyclables and trash and an Anaerobic Digester to process organic waste. The ReSource Center tour experience will teach you all about these two big operations and how together they recover more than 85% of our waste and also generate green energy to power the facility and parts of our community. Click the ‘Click Here To Learn More’ button for more information and to schedule your tour!

ReSource Center and Tajiguas Landfill

Have you ever wondered what happens to the trash that is thrown away? Find out by taking a tour of the Tajiguas Landfill and the newly developed state-of-the-art ReSource Center Facility! Some things that are covered during this experience include how the trash is handled at the Landfill, how falcons are used to protect the quality of the ocean water of the beach directly across from the Landfill, and how trash is currently used to provide electricity for homes in the southern portion of Santa Barbara County. Click the ‘Click Here To Learn More’ button for more information and to schedule your tour!

MarBorg Industries also offers tours of their Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling and Transfer Facility. Click here to learn more! You can learn more about MarBorg's outreach efforts, here.

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