Community Hazardous Waste Collection Center
The Community Hazardous Waste Collection Center (CHWCC) is managed by the County of Santa Barbara's Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division of the Public Works Department and is jointly sponsored by the County of Santa Barbara and the Cities of Goleta and Santa Barbara.
University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB)
Mesa Road, Building 565
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
To reach the Community Hazardous Waste Collection Center, please follow these directions:
- From Hollister Avenue, go south on Los Carneros Road towards the UCSB campus
- Turn left going east, onto Mesa Road, which will lead you onto the campus
- After reaching a stop sign, continue on Mesa Road until you reach the second driveway on your right
- There, you will see a sign that says, "Community Hazardous Waste Collection Center"
- Turn right into the driveway and drive into the Center, where an attendant will greet you
Eligibility and Hours of Operation
The Center is closed when it is raining and on major holidays. Please call (805) 882-3602 in advance on those occasions to determine whether or not the Center will be open.
Households in the cities of Goleta, Santa Barbara, and Solvang, as well as the unincorporated areas of the county, may dispose of household hazardous waste (HHW) for free on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please note that households in the cities of Buellton, Carpinteria, Guadalupe, Lompoc, and Santa Maria may not use the Center. Residents can transport up to 15 gallons (in containers no larger than 5 gallons each) or 125 pounds (dry weight) of HHW per visit.
Note that households may also drop off paint for free at one of the participating locations under California's
PaintCare program. For more information about the program and a list of drop-off locations in Santa Barbara County, please visit
PaintCare's website. Before bringing your paint to a collection site, please call ahead for specific guidelines and current hours of operation.
Businesses in the unincorporated areas of the county and in the cities of Goleta, Santa Barbara, and Solvang that qualify as a Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG) are eligible to use the Community Hazardous Waste Collection Center on Fridays by appointment, starting at 9:00 a.m. Businesses are required to sign a waiver stating that they are a CESQG. To qualify as a CESQG, a generator must not produce more than 100 kilograms (27 gallons or 220 pounds) of hazardous waste per month, including a maximum of 1 kilogram (1 quart or 2.2 pounds) of acutely hazardous waste. Businesses that generate more than this amount are required to use a licensed hazardous waste hauler to manifest and transport their hazardous waste.
Fees for Businesses
Businesses will be charged a user fee of $24.00 for processing and administration costs, plus a disposal fee based on the types and quantities of waste being disposed. Nonprofit organizations (501(c)(3)) are eligible for a 25 percent discount, and the user fee is waived.
Click here to download a copy of our CESQG brochure, which includes a list of current fees. The brochure is also available
in Spanish by clicking here. An on-line system is available to make payments by credit card. This secure system accepts VISA or Mastercard, and no login is needed. For more information and to access this system, please
click here. Payments by check will continue to be accepted as well.
Additional Business Charges
In addition to the $24.00 user fee and the fees for the specific items listed below, businesses located in the cities of Buellton, Carpinteria, and Guadalupe will be charged an additional 30 percent to cover overhead costs.
Lompoc and Santa Maria businesses are not eligible to use the Center, since both cities offer a CESQG program.
The types of HHW described below are accepted, including expired medications. In addition, kitchen grease from households is accepted for recycling. Please ensure that as much of the food residue as possible is removed.
Materials Exchange Program
In an effort to divert waste from regional landfills, the County manages a materials exchange program to encourage the reuse of materials. A materials exchange cabinet, located at the Community Hazardous Waste Collection Center, offers a wide array of usable products, such as paints, cleaning supplies, pesticides, and home improvement products, at no charge. Given the increasing costs of such items when purchased in stores, significant savings may be realized when obtaining these items through the exchange program. Perhaps more importantly, by properly reusing these hazardous materials, our community can help prevent the pollution of local lands and waterways that result from their improper disposal.
Asbestos Acceptance Guidelines
Asbestos is a naturally occurring group of mineral fibers that are flexible, fire resistant, and can pose a threat to human health when microscopic fibers become airborne and are inhaled. Asbestos is most commonly found in acoustical spray-on ceiling, pipe insulation, floor tile and mastic, roofing and fireproofing materials, brake and clutch linings, and textured paints. Any of these materials installed prior to 1980 may contain asbestos. Never dust, sweep, or vacuum these items or other products suspected of containing asbestos fibers.
To control harmful emissions of asbestos to the atmosphere, the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) enforces Federal laws that control work practices during the demolition and renovation of institutional, commercial, or industrial structures, excluding private residences and apartment buildings having no more than four units. Depending upon the amount and type of asbestos and the type of project, advance notification to the APCD may be required before asbestos is disturbed and/or removed. Please contact the APCD at (805) 961-8800 or visit their website at http://www.sbcapcd.org/biz/asbestos.htm, if you have any questions.
If you are not sure whether a product contains asbestos, you can have a sample tested (see list of testing firms below). You can also contact the manufacturer to inquire about asbestos content or contact the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) at (800) 638-2772.
Once it has been determined that you have an asbestos containing material, please follow these guidelines for disposal of asbestos at the Community Hazardous Waste Collection Center:
- The asbestos containing material must be double bagged and sealed in specially marked six millimeter plastic bags when it is dropped off at the collection center. Please call the County of Santa Barbara Public Works Department, Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division (RRWMD), at (805) 882-3602 to obtain the appropriate bags at no charge. The RRWMD is located at 130 East Victoria Street, Suite 100, in Santa Barbara. Asbestos delivered in normal trash bags or other types of containers will not be accepted.
- If your asbestos has been removed by a certified asbestos abatement company, the bags still need to enter the facility in good condition (no rips and tears in the bags).
- The weight of each package should be limited to approximately 25 pounds; Households are limited to bringing a total of 125 pounds of material (approximately five bags) per trip for free. Asbestos delivered in inappropriate bags, bags with tears or holes in them, or bags over this weight limit will not be accepted.
- If you have large quantities of non-friable asbestos (i.e. unable to be crumbled by hand pressure) in excess of 125 pounds, please contact the County South Coast Recycling and Transfer Station at (805) 681-4345 to obtain a permit application and further instructions.
Asbestos Testing and Removal Services
Channel Coast Corporation
123 Santa Barbara Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(Removal of asbestos and lead only. No testing done.)
3009 De La Vina Street, Suite A
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(Will also test for lead and mold.)
Pearl Bay Corporation
912 De La Vina Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(Removal of asbestos, lead and mold. Outsources testing.)
Precision Environmental, Inc.
180 Canada Larga Road
Ventura, CA 93001
(Performs remediation for asbestos, lead and mold but does not do testing.)
Western Analytical Lab
12734 Branford Street, #19
Arleta, CA 91331
(Mail in a sample to be tested; Call or visit website for instructions.)