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County Reduces Emissions Equivalent to Taking 6,500 Cars Off Local Roads

By Alan Nakashima Sep 12, 2017 - Reduce & Reuse

County staff, residents, and businesses are making strides reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as called for in the County's Energy and Climate Action Plan. Working together, the County and community have cut carbon pollution by an estimated 30,605 metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent. That's like taking 6,465 cars off the road for a year!


Planning Commission to Review Design Changes for Tajiguas Resource Recovery Project


On August 30th the County Planning Commission will review proposed changes to the design of the Tajiguas Resource Recovery Project. The new design moves all structures out of the Coastal Zone while still meeting all of the project's original environmental goals, including reduction of greenhouse gases, production of green energy, and enhanced recycling.


County Awarded for Excellence in Solid Waste Management

By Tom Chiarodit Aug 15, 2017 - Recycle

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) recently awarded its Silver Excellence Award in Integrated Solid Waste Management to the County's Resource Recovery and Waste Management Division. The annual SWANA awards recognize outstanding programs and facilities nationwide that advance the economically and environmentally sound management of solid waste.


Green Business Program Recruiting New Applicants

Is your business striving to reduce waste, conserve water and energy, and promote alternative transportation? If so, consider applying to be a certified Green Business in Santa Barbara County. Kick-off workshops are scheduled for September.


IV Move-Out 2017

By Leslie Robinson Jun 21, 2017 - Clean-Ups

Join our Code Enforcement Officer Brad Spencer for an inside glimpse of this year's Isla Vista Move-Out activities. The Move-Out program helps keep IV's streets clean and hazard-free. Additionally, it helps prevent furniture arsons, which were once commonplace during this time of year.


Easy Battery Recycling at Curbside


Did you know you can recycle your household batteries at the curb? Simply put your old batteries in a clear plastic bag (tape the ends for rechargeables) and place the bag on top of your curbside recycling bin. It's that easy!


Put a Stop to Unwanted Phone Books

By Leslie Robinson May 22, 2017 - Reduce & Reuse

If you no longer use a phone book and don’t want one delivered to your home or business, check out this new video by the Product Stewardship Institute. Then easily opt-out of receiving future books.


Mini Composting Workshops this Thursday at SBCC's Earth Day Event

By Sam Dickinson Apr 17, 2017 - Organics

Join us this Thursday, April 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for free mini composting workshops at Santa Barbara City College's Earth Day Event. Learn all about the benefits of composting food scraps and other organics at home.


Hazardous Waste Center Closed Easter Sunday

The Community Hazardous Waste Collection Center will be closed this Sunday, April 16 in observance of the Easter holiday. The Center will resume operations on Friday, April 21 for businesses (appointment required) and Saturday, April 22 for households (no appointment needed).


County Supervisors Approve Tajiguas RRP - Largest Reducer of Greenhouse Gases in County History

On Tuesday the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors approved the final contracts necessary to move forward with the long-awaited Resource Recovery Project. The project will increase the County’s recycling rate to over 85% and will result in an estimated reduction of 110,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent each year.