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County Moves Forward With Plastic Bag Ordinance EIR

By Carlyle Johnston Nov 05, 2013
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On October 15, 2013 the County Board of Supervisors instructed staff to move forward with an environmental review of a Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban (SUPBB) Ordinance for the unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County.

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Resource Recovery Project – New Video!

By Carlyle Johnston Oct 14, 2013 - Trash

Check out our new video that presents the exciting proposal that would significantly reduce the amount of trash we landfill while increasing recycling and creating green energy.

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Free Oil and Filter Recycling

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With summer quickly upon us, make sure your vehicle is tuned up for all those upcoming road trips. If you change your own oil, you can recycle it at no charge at one of over 50 drop-off locations in the County. And don't forget your oil filters too!

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RRWMD & Senator Jackson Promote Safe Medication Disposal

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Earlier today members of our Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division joined State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and Supervisor Janet Wolf in a press event to promote Senator Jackson's safe medication disposal bill, SB 727.

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Resource Recovery Office Green Biz Certified

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The Resource Recovery and Waste Management Division's office in downtown Santa Barbara was recently certified as an official Green Business through the Green Business Program of Santa Barbara County. The program recognizes businesses that go above and beyond to protect, preserve, and improve the environment.

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New Retail-Based Paint Collection Program

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Now when you go to buy new paint, you may be able to bring your old paint back to the same location. In October 2012 seven paint retailers in Santa Barbara County began participating in a new collection program operated by the industry group PaintCare. Residents, as well as qualifying businesses, are able to use the drop-off sites at no charge.

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Resource Recovery Project Begins Environmental Review

By Carlyle Johnston Nov 13, 2012 - Recycle, Trash

On November 13 the County Board of Supervisors approved private consulting contracts that formally begin the environmental review of the regional Resource Recovery Project. The proposed project will increase recycling, provide compost, generate green energy, and reduce future greenhouse gas emissions related to the management of the communities' solid waste.

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Check Your Number!

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3,000? 5,000? 10,000? How many miles can your vehicle travel between oil changes? If you automatically defer to the old 3,000 mile standard, you may be wasting time and money...as well as valuable natural resources.

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Help with Illegal Dumping

By Jeff Simeon Jun 28, 2011 - Trash

The recent move out in Isla Vista shines a spotlight on County cleanup efforts. Brad Spencer, one of the County's code enforcement officers, explains how the County is here to help the community with waste related complaints.


Find out more about reporting illegal dumping on LessIsMore.org's Illegal Dumping page. Residents living in cities should contact their city for similar issues.

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Buy Great Re-Used Items at the GIVE Sale

By Jeff Simeon Jun 16, 2011 - Reduce & Reuse

Isla Vista move-out is generating a lot less trash these days thanks to the GIVE Sale on June 18th and 19th. Community groups keep and resell great reusable goods raising money for charities while keeping trash out of the landfill.


The GIVE Sale is a great way to learn about reuse, help the environment and save money. You can get electronics, furniture, clothing and more! Get directions and learn more about the sale on Saturday June 18th and on Sunday June 19th in our events section.

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