Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division
Protecting the public health and environment of our community by efficiently managing waste products and utilities with a focus on resource conservation.
The Division at a Glance
The Resource Recovery and Waste Management Division is one of several divisions within the Santa Barbara County Public Works Department, and is responsible for the cost-effective management of solid waste and utilities in the County.
The Division's comprehensive program for the management of solid waste includes the collection, recycling, and disposal of solid waste, and also the abatement of illegal dumping of waste.
You can learn more about our Division's programs and operations by watching our YouTube video.
The Division is headed by a Deputy Director and has approximately 110 full-time employees within four sections.
The Naomi Schwartz building, where the Collection and Materials Management and Engineering sections reside, is located at the following address:
Collection and Materials Management
This section manages the County's resource recovery and waste diversion programs (community programs), reviews and manages long-range solid waste management plans, and oversees the County's solid waste collection franchises for regularly generated solid waste. This section also oversees the permitting of unscheduled solid waste collection in the unincorporated areas of the County.
Our Collection Services page summarizes the history of solid waste collection in the County and offers a listing of resources for contacting your service provider if you wish to initiate service or change your current service contact.
This section manages waste processing and disposal operations at the County's transfer stations and active landfills.
This section prepares all engineering and geologic plans and documents for the County's solid waste facilities, and monitors all active and closed landfills currently or previously owned by the County to ensure ongoing compliance with the many State and Federal regulations governing the environmental safety of each facility.
Orcutt Wastewater Services/Streetlighting Districts (Unincorporated)
This section manages and operates the Laguna Wastewater Treatment Facility, which serves Orcutt, an unincorporated area in northern Santa Barbara County. It also provides engineering support and administrative support (i.e., billing) to the County's underground utilities program and the County-administered wastewater, water and street lighting districts located throughout the unincorporated areas of the County.
The mission of the Resource Recovery and Waste Management Division is to protect the public health and environment of our community by efficiently managing waste products and utilities with a focus on resource conservation.
Goals of the Division
- Maintain a minimum 15-Year disposal capacity
- Meet or exceed all regulatory requirements at each solid waste and utilities facility
- Constantly improve Division performance
- Reduce costs and user fees in Resource Recovery and Waste Management Programs and pursue additional revenue sources
- Enhance community understanding of Resource Recovery and Waste Management Programs
- Provide a safe environment for employees and the public