News and Events

Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division's Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2017-18

The Annual Report for fiscal year 2017-18 (July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018) 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 2017-18.  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 2017-18 for County's Hazardous Waste Collection Programs

The Annual Report for fiscal year 2017-18 (July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018) 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.

Community Hazardous Waste Collection Center to Be Closed During Thanksgiving Weekend

The Community Hazardous Waste Collection Center (Center), located on Mesa Road on the campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara, will be closed during Thanksgiving weekend, November 22nd through 25th. Please be advised that it is unlawful to leave hazardous waste at the gate or any other unattended location. 

The Center will resume normal operating hours for the acceptance of hazardous waste from businesses by appointment only on Friday, December 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  To make an appointment, please call (805) 882-3602.  Normal operating hours for the acceptance of hazardous waste from households will resume beginning on Saturday, December 8th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on Sunday, December 9th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  If you have any questions, please call (805) 882-3602.  

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:


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.

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:  

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.

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.

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.

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.