News and Events

The Community Hazardous Waste Collection Center at UCSB is set to reopen beginning Friday, May 1st for businesses (appointment only), and Saturday, May 2nd from 9am-3pm and Sunday, May 3rd from 11am-3pm for households. In order to prioritize the safety of our staff and patrons, please follow the guidelines listed below:

  • All visitors must wear a face mask and stay in their vehicle unless requested otherwise by staff.
  • Please place all waste in the vehicle's trunk so staff can safely gather the materials without entering the vehicle. Also, make sure all items are clearly identified for disposal and positioned so they are easily accessible.
  • Additionally, to help limit the time each person spends at the Center, amounts over the legal limit will not be accepted. Households can legally transport 15 full gallons of liquid or 125 pounds of solid material per trip, in containers no larger than 5 gallons each. Click here for more information.

If you have additional questions or would like more information on scheduling a business appointment, please call our office at (805) 882-3602. You can also find more information regarding hazardous waste and specific materials by clicking here.

Santa Ynez Transfer Station's Saturday "ABOP" Program On Hold

Due to COVID-19 precautions and in order to implement social distancing practices, the Santa Ynez Valley Recycling and Transfer Station is temporarily suspending Saturday ABOP collections. This program typically collects the following materials:

Antifreeze, batteries (automotive), motor oil, oil filters and latex paint (up to 15 gallons) from households (forming the acronym ABOP).

This suspension will be effective beginning April 11, 2020, until further notice. Please check back here regularly for updates.

Please safely store these materials until our facility is fully operable. If you have any questions regarding the closure or safely storing hazardous waste, please call our office at (805) 882-3602. You can also find more information regarding hazardous waste and specific materials by clicking here.

Thank you for helping us keep Santa Barbra County healthy!

Status of County Transfer Stations During Social Distancing Mandate

The South Coast Recycling and Transfer Station (SCRTS) and the Santa Ynez Valley Recycling and Transfer station (SYVRTS) are currently open to the public, as they are deemed an essential part of our community's waste management services. These facilities will continue to receive materials for proper management and disposal. To protect the community and our staff while under the social distancing mandate, Public Works is requesting that only essential materials be brought to these transfer stations for disposal.  We are asking our customers to minimize the use of these facilities by delaying disposal of non-essential materials, until the social distancing mandate is lifted. These non-essential materials would include anything that could be retained without causing a health and sanitation concern.

We are also encouraging our customers to utilize non-cash payment methods. Both transfer stations accept major credit cards and debit cards, as well as checks. Business customers may also set up an account with Public Works by contacting our Accounting Department at 805-568-3129 or emailing a request to kyhouch@cosbpw.net. We appreciate your cooperation and your consideration in assisting us with providing this essential service to our community.

For the latest updates on COVID-19 locally, including guidelines for protecting yourself and your family members, please visit https://publichealthsbc.org/.

Santa Ynez Valley Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection Event Postponed

The Santa Ynez Valley Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection Event scheduled for April 5, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Santa Ynez Valley Recycling & Transfer Station, located at 4004 Foxen Canyon Road in Los Olivos, has been postponed.  The event has been postponed to abide by guidelines issued by the California Department of Public Health to limit crowds to prevent the potential contagion of the novel coronavirus.  When a new date has been established, we will notify the public through various forms of outreach including this website, flyers, and media advertisements.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  If you have any questions, please call (805) 882-3602.    

Public Works Department Receives Two Awards from California State Association of Counties

At the Board of Supervisors meeting on December 10, 2019, the Public Works Department received two awards from the California State Association of Counties (CSAC):  a Challenge Award for the Transportation Division's Shared Mobility Device Program and a Merit Award for the Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division's ReSource Center (formerly known as the Tajiguas Resource Recovery Project).  The ReSource Center will address the dwindling capacity of the Tajiguas Landfill, support the County's need to develop infrastructure to comply with state requirements for diverting food scraps, organics, and other solid waste from the the landfill, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  In addition, the ReSource Center will increase the community's recycling rate and generate green energy and compost. 

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2019-20 Spanish Edition of Less Is More Guide Now Available

The 2019-20 Spanish edition of Santa Barbara County's Less Is More Guide (Guide) is now available both in hard copy and on the Public Works Department's recycling website:   http://lessismore.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/LessIsMore_RecyGuide_SP2019_final.pdf

The Guide provides information on waste prevention/reduction, reuse, and recycling in such areas as the following:   

  • Waste prevention tips
  • Places that accept various materials that will be reused or recycled
  • Recycling drop-off and buyback centers
  • Hazardous waste collection centers
  • Electronic waste collection facilities
  • Used motor oil collection centers
  • How to prevent or reduce the receipt of junk mail
  • County's backyard composting and mulch programs
  • Sharps collection program
  • Operation Medicine Cabinet for the collection of unwanted medications
  • Tips and resources for purchasing recycled-content products.

Call the Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division at (805) 882-3600 to obtain a free copy of the Guide or send us an  email.

Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division's Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2018-19

The Annual Report for fiscal year 2018-19 (July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019) for the Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division (RR&WMD) is now available for review by clicking here.  This Annual Report describes the services, including performance measurements, provided by the RR&WMD to the communities of Buellton, Goleta, Lompoc, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Solvang, and the unincorporated areas during fiscal year 2018-19.  Some of the cities, such as Goleta, Santa Barbara, and Solvang, receive an array of services through different programs and facilities, while other communities, such as Buellton, Lompoc, and Santa Maria, receive more limited services, since they provide many of their own solid waste management programs.

If you have any questions, please contact us at (805) 882-3616 or send us an email.

Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2018-19 for County's Hazardous Waste Collection Programs

The Annual Report for fiscal year 2018-19 (July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019) for the County's Hazardous Waste Collection Programs is now available for review by clicking here. This report provides information such as the following:

  • Hazardous waste collected from households and small businesses at the Community Hazardous Waste Collection Center
  • The collection of household batteries at retail stores and public facilities on the South Coast
  • The collection of used motor oil and oil filters at centers in the South Coast unincorporated areas and partnering cities
  • One-day events in the Santa Ynez Valley and New Cuyama for the collection of hazardous and electronic waste
  • Sharps Collection Program
  • MED-Project for the collection of household medications

If you have any questions, please contact us at (805) 882-3602 or send us an e-mail.

New Video on Tajiguas Resource Recovery Project

A new video on the Tajiguas Resource Recovery Project has been developed.  To view it, please click here or view the video below:


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Curbside Battery Collection

Batteries on Blue Bin


Customers with residential recycling service in the unincorporated areas of the county can place household batteries in a clear, sealed plastic bag and then place the bag on top of their recycling container on collection day. To prevent rechargeable batteries from catching fire, residents should tape the positive ends of the batteries with clear tape. Single-use batteries need not be taped. Residents in apartments and condominiums with centralized trash and recycling service should contact their property manager for alternative options. Click here for more information on battery recycling.

Laguna County Sanitation District: Wastewater Reclamation Plant Facilities Master Plan and Habitat Conservation Plan

The Laguna County Sanitation District is soliciting comments on the adequacy and completeness of the Mitigated Negative Declaration, which can be accessed here. Comments should be provided to the Project Manager, Martin Wilder, at 620 Foster Road, Santa Maria, CA, prior to the close of the public comment period on February 23, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. A copy of the Notice of Intent to Adopt the Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration can be downloaded here.

Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division Wins Award for Excellence in Solid Waste Management

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has announced that the County of Santa Barbara Public Works Department, Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division (RRWMD), has won the Silver Excellence Award in the Integrated Solid Waste Management category. The Excellence Awards Program recognizes outstanding solid waste programs and facilities that advance the practice of economically and environmentally sound solid waste management through their commitment to:

  • Utilizing effective technologies and processes in system design and operations
  • Advancing worker and community health and safety 
  • Implementing successful public education and outreach programs

Programs must also demonstrate that they are fiscally and environmentally responsible through their compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local regulations. To view RRWMD's entry, visit SWANA's website. You can read our press release by clicking here.