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This site is the ultimate waste reduction resource for residents of Santa Barbara County. Knowing what to reduce, reuse and recycle can be tough. What goes where and why? For a quick answer, watch our video. You can also use our search tool to look up a particular item that you're not sure what to do with. Or peruse the tabs above to learn more about hazardous waste, electronics recycling, home composting and much more.

  • World Food Day October 16

    October 09, 2018 by Leslie Robinson - Food Forward
    On October 16, the United Nations will celebrate World Food Day, an occasion to raise awareness of its goal of #ZeroHunger by 2030. Food waste reduction is a key component of this effort. Read more...
  • Plastic Bags Are Trash

    October 02, 2018 by Carlyle Johnston
    Due to a lack of markets and their propensity to contaminate other recyclables, plastic bags and film plastics, such as plastic wrapping, cling wrap, and small plastic pouches, are not currently recyclable in any of the jurisdictions in Santa Barbara County. Please do not place these items in your blue recycling container at home or at work. Read more...
  • Hazardous Waste Collection Events This Weekend

    October 01, 2018 by Leslie Robinson - Hazardous Waste Recycling/Disposal
    This Saturday and Sunday, October 6 and 7, the County Public Works Department will host free Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection Events in New Cuyama and Santa Ynez. Bring items like old paint, automotive fluids, pesticides, TVs, computer equipment, and much more. Check our event listings for details. Read more...
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