News and Events

New Materials Exchange Website a Helpful Resource for Local Residents

In response to the devastating flooding and mud flows in Montecito earlier this year, the County's Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division recently established a new Materials Exchange Website.

This new resource will facilitate the sharing of usable materials and limit the amount of debris heading to area landfills. By using this site, homeowners and contractors can connect directly with Montecito residents who have materials on their property that they need to remove.

The listed materials are free of charge, and the parties involved in the exchange will determine how the material is transported from one property to another. It's important to note that this site is only intended for natural materials. Categories include boulders, mulch, rocks, soil, and "other." Household items such as appliances, electronics, furniture, or other products used within the home, should not be listed.

The website can be accessed at the following address:

Community Hazardous Waste Collection Center Closed Easter Sunday

The Community Hazardous Waste Collection Center, located on Mesa Road on the UCSB campus, will be closed on Sunday, April 1, 2018 in observance of the Easter holiday. The Center will be open as usual on Saturday, March 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the acceptance of household waste (no appointment needed) and on Friday, March 30 for the collection of business-generated waste (please call 805-882-3602 to schedule an appointment).

Santa Ynez Valley Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection Event April 8th

On Sunday, April 8, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., residents living in the unincorporated areas of the County and in the City of Solvang are invited to drop off household hazardous waste at the Santa Ynez Valley Recycling and Transfer Station, located at 4004 Foxen Canyon Road in Los Olivos. Examples of items accepted include automotive fluids, batteries, cleaning supplies, fertilizer, fluorescent lights, paint, pesticides, computers, TVs, cell phones, and much more. Visit for details.

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.

Montecito Debris Removal FAQs Available

With answers to questions like "What do I do with mud, rocks, and other debris on my property?" and "Can mud and debris removal equipment be parked or stored on private property?", our updated Debris Removal FAQs provide homeowners with comprehensive information on debris clean-up and disposal.

Mud Debris Clean-Up Guidelines

For the most up-to-date resources available for the disposal of mud and storm debris from private properties, please download our Mud Debris Clean-Up Guidelines. The flyer provides information on local permitted haulers, facilities that can accept the debris, and what to do if you encounter hazardous materials on your property, among other helpful information.

Christmas Tree Recycling Resources 

Either have your tree picked up by your trash hauler or drop it off at a free collection site. Click here for more details. Just remember to cut trees over 6-feet tall and remove all ornaments, tinsel, and stands prior to recycling.

Thomas Fire Debris Clean-Up

Our sincerest condolences to those whose homes have been damaged or destroyed by the Thomas Fire. As you begin to recover from the disaster, please visit our Thomas Fire Debris Clean-Up page on to help plan for the removal of debris. You can also download our Fire Clean-Up Tips and Guidelines flyer in both English and Spanish.

Ash Clean-Up Guidelines

When safe to do so, please remember the three C's when preparing to clean up ash at your home or business: Control, Contain, and Capture. Once contained, ash can be put in plastic bags and then placed in trash receptacles. For more information, you can download a copy of the County's recent Thomas Fire Preliminary Ash Management Plan.

Update as of December 13th on Collection Services on South Coast and Operations at South Coast Recycling and Transfer Station

Normal residential and commercial solid waste collection services will resume to South Coast communities beginning tomorrow, December 14, 2017, with the exception of those areas in the County currently under mandatory evacuation orders.  All solid waste facilities will be open tomorrow to customers according to normal operating hours. If you have any questions regarding collection services, please contact MarBorg Industries at (805) 963-1852.  If you have any questions regarding the South Coast Recycling & Transfer Station, please call (805) 882-3600. 

Update on Collection Services on South Coast and Temporary Closure of South Coast Recycling & Transfer Station Due to Thomas Fire

Due to fire conditions related to the Thomas Fire, for the week of December 11th through 15th, only trash will be collected from residents in the cities of Goleta and Santa Barbara and the South Coast unincorporated area communities, including Montecito, Mission Canyon, eastern Goleta Valley, and Isla Vista. Green waste and recyclables will not be collected. Residents may store extra recyclables in a bag for future collection. All commercial solid waste collection services will continue as normally scheduled.  

The County's South Coast Recycling & Transfer Station is scheduled to be closed until December 15th. MarBorg Industries will be accepting waste at its enclosed Transfer Station on 119 North Quarantina Street for those needing to dispose of self-haul waste.   

Collection services are subject to change due to air conditions, and updates will be provided to the public as soon as possible. For questions, please contact MarBorg Industries at (805) 963-1852 or the County at (805) 882-3600, beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, December 11th.

Community Hazardous Waste Collection Center Closed from December 22 through December 29

The Community Hazardous Waste Collection Center, located on Mesa Road on the UCSB campus, will be closed for the holidays from Friday, December 22 through Friday, December 29. It will reopen to businesses (by appointment only) beginning on Friday, January 5, and to households (no appointments necessary) beginning on Saturday, January 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on Sunday, January 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. To make an appointment, please call (805) 882-3602.

Please be advised that it is unlawful to leave hazardous waste in front of the facility or at any other unattended location.

If you have any questions, please call (805) 882-3602. You can also visit for more information regarding hazardous waste.

Board of Supervisors Approves the Revised Tajiguas Resource Recovery Project

The Board of Supervisors approved the Revised Tajiguas Resource Recovery Project (TRRP), including an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan Waste Disposal Facility Overlay, at their meeting on November 14, 2017 (Notice of Public Hearing on Revised TRRP). The Board Letter for the project can be accessed through the Board's website. A copy of the Revised TRRP SEIR Addendum may be accessed by clicking here. The  Revised Addendum has been divided into three files for easier downloading: Addendum Text (1.02 MB), Figures (29.4 MB) and Appendices (29.3 MB).

If you have any questions, please call (805) 882-3614.

2016-17 Annual Report for Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division Now Available

RRWMD Annual Report Cover FY 2017 The Annual Report describing the solid waste management services provided by the Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division during fiscal year 2016-17 (July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017) to the cities of Goleta, Santa Barbara, and Solvang, as well as the unincorporated areas, is now available. The Annual Report notes that some services were also provided to the cities of Buellton, Lompoc, and Santa Maria. To read the Annual Report, please click here

Download the 2016-17 Annual Report for the County's Hazardous Waste Collection Programs

The Annual Report for fiscal year 2016-17 (July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017) 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
  • Operation Medicine Cabinet for the collection of household medications

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

County Issues 2016 Progress Report on Energy and Climate Action Plan

The County of Santa Barbara has released its first progress report, documenting its successes and challenges in implementing the County's 2015 Energy and Climate Action Plan (ECAP). The ECAP identifies actions that the County and community can take to save energy, water, and money, as well as reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Corresponding to statewide GHG reduction goals, the Plan seeks to reduce emissions in the unincorporated areas to 15 percent below 2007 levels. Click here for more information on the ECAP program or download a copy of the 2016 Progress Report 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.

2016-17 English Edition of Recycling Guide Now Available

The 2016-17 English edition of Santa Barbara County's Recycling Guide (Guide) is now available both in hard copy and on the Public Works Department's recycling website: 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.

New Online RRWMD Account Data Access

Now available, the Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division is providing direct access of transactional data to all of our billing customers. You can view information collected through our facility scale system, create your own reports, make payments, and more.

Please visit our Web Reporting System to establish an account. Click on the " Contact Us" link and fill out the required fields. In the Question/Comment box, be sure to enter your billing account number (e.g. "Create an account for me for billing account ID __"). If you have any questions, please contact either Kyle Houchens or Sandi Deaile with our Accounting Department.

County Waste Diversion Rate at 74 Percent

Based on our most recent data for 2016, we have calculated that the County of Santa Barbara, encompassing the unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County and the City of Goleta, has diverted 74 percent of its trash from local landfills. Without the cooperation and participation of the community, the County could not have achieved such a high diversion rate. Although attaining a diversion rate of 74 percent is impressive, much more can be done. Therefore, the County will continue working with the community to expand its existing programs and to add new programs wherever possible to encourage the community to reduce, reuse, and recycle its waste.