The County owns and operates several different types of waste collection facilities including:
The Community Hazardous Waste Collection Center is a joint project of the Santa Barbara County Public Works and UCSB. The center is available to Santa Barbara County households and businesses for disposal of small quantities of hazardous waste. Many different types of materials are accepted.
The County also offers an ABOP program on Saturdays at the Santa Ynez Valley Recycling & Transfer Station . This program accepts Antifreeze, vehicular Batteries, motor Oil, oil filters, and latex Paint from households only. To find out more about the materials accepted and transportation instructions, as well as directions to the facilities, please see the Hazardous Waste section of LessIsMore.org or call the phone numbers listed below.
Businesses: Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. By Appointment Only
Households: Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
University of California Santa Barbara
Mesa Road, Building 565
Goleta, CA 93106
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Accepts only Antifreeze, vehicular Batteries, motor Oil, oil filters, and latex Paint (ABOP) from households in the Santa Ynez Valley only.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
4004 Foxen Canyon Road
Los Olivos, CA 93441
Recycling and Transfer Stations are facilities where waste is stored temporarily before being sent to its final destination. Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division manages four of facilities in different areas of the County; South Coast, Santa Ynez Valley, New Cuyama and Ventucopa. Commercial waste haulers and individuals who self haul their waste can take their waste to these locations. To find out more about these locations, click on the links below.
Open Monday - Saturday, 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Sundays, New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
4430 Calle Real
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
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Services Santa Ynez Valley households and businesses.
Open Tuesday - Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Closed on Sundays, Mondays, New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. 4004 Foxen Canyon Road
Los Olivos, CA 93441
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Open on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The facility is closed on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
5073 Highway 166
New Cuyama, CA 93254
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Open on Thursdays and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The facility is closed on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
Ventucopa, CA 93254
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The County of Santa Barbara runs one active landfill and monitors all closed landfills currently or previously owned by the County. Landfills are the final destination for all the waste that is not be recycled or reused in some way. Refuse is buried there in a highly controlled fashion. Other landfills located within the County are operated by the municipalities in which they are located, and Vandenberg Air Force Base possesses its own landfill.
Note: Only franchise waste haulers and other account holders may deposit waste here. This facility is closed to public dumping. The Landfill is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The facility is closed on Sundays, New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. When one of these holidays falls on a weekday, please call ahead to determine whether the Landfill will be open on another day. The address is:
14470 Calle Real
Goleta, CA 93117
The County of Santa Barbara monitors several closed landfill sites to help keep the public safe. Here is a list of the closed landfills that are being monitored by the County.
- Ballard Canyon/Chalk Hill Landfill
- Foothill Landfill
- Santa Maria Airport Landfill
- Santa Ynez Airport Landfill
- Lompoc Burn Dump
- New Cuyama Landfill
- Ventucopa Landfill and
- Cathedral Oaks Landfill.
Where Does My Trash Go?
Since Santa Barbara County is divided by the Santa Ynez Mountains into two geographical areas, the North County and the South Coast, trash generated by residents of the County may end up at one of several waste management facilities. The trash may go directly to a nearby landfill or to a transfer station where the materials are temporarily stored until the waste can be hauled to a landfill.