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.
The collection center is located on the campus of:
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 campus of UCSB;
- 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 of 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 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. Households may transport no more than 15 gallons (in maximum 5-gallon containers) or 125 pounds (dry weight) of HHW to a HHW collection facility per visit.
Note that households may also drop off paint for free at one of the participating locations under the PaintCare program. For more information about the program and a list of drop-off locations in Santa Barbara County, please click here . Always call ahead to determine the restrictions a participating store may have about accepting paint.
Businesses in the unincorporated areas of the county and the cities of Goleta, Santa Barbara, and Solvang that qualify as a Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG) are eligible to use the CHWCC on Fridays by appointment only from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. They 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.
Businesses will be charged a user fee of $25.00 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.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The California Department of
Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) requires businesses to obtain a federal or
State EPA ID number before shipping hazardous waste to a recycler or disposal
facility. The ID number assists regulators in tracking the waste from its
origin to final disposal. A BUSINESS MUST OBTAIN AN ID NUMBER BEFORE
AN APPOINTMENT CAN BE MADE AT THE CHWCC. For information on obtaining an ID number, please click here.You may also obtain detailed
information about ID numbers and legal citations (California Code of
Regulations and Health and Safety Code) by going to DTSC's website: https://dtsc.ca.gov/hazardous-waste-id-numbers/#exemptfromidnumber If you have any questions, please call (805) 882-3602.
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 of Santa Barbara manages a materials exchange program to encourage the reuse of materials that come into the CHWCC. A materials exchange cart, located at the CHWCC, offers a wide array of usable products. Products such as paints, cleaning supplies, pesticides, and home improvement products are available to members of the local community at no charge. Given the increasing costs of such items when purchased in stores, significant savings may be realized when obtaining these items from the exchange cart, and it is preferable to reuse products rather than recycle them. Perhaps more importantly, by properly reusing these hazardous materials, people can help prevent the pollution of local lands and waterways that result from their improper disposal.
Fees for Businesses
The fees listed below pertain to the types of hazardous waste accepted from Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators (CESQGs) and are effective from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022; however, these rates may be subject to change without notice. To view the English brochure that lists the fees, please click here. To view the Spanish brochure that lists the fees, please click here. A new on-line system is now available for use by businesses (must have an invoice number) to make payments by credit card. This secure system accepts VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover, and no login is needed. For more information and to access this system, please click
Payments by check will continue to be accepted.
User Fee: $25.00
|Motor Oil/Hydraulic Oil||$.30/gallon|
|Motor Oil Filters (Metal-Based)
|Motor Oil Filters (Plastic or Paper-Based)||$3.35/pound|
|Automotive||No Charge |
Bulked Items (based on net liquid)
|Latex Paint (PaintCare Program - See Below)||No charge|
|Latex Paint (Non-PaintCare Program)||$6.00/gallon|
|Oil-Based Paint (PaintCare Program - See Below)
|Oil-Based Paint (Non-PaintCare Program)||$6.00/gallon|
|Paint Quarts/Pints (PaintCare Program - See Below)
|Paint Quarts/Pints (Non-PaintCare Program)||$1.60/pound|
Chemicals (based on gross weight)
|Labpack -- Acid/Base||$4.95/pound|
|Labpack -- Oxidizers||$4.95/pound|
|Labpack -- Explosives||$4.95/pound|
|Labpack -- Reactives||$4.95/pound|
|Mercury (Elemental/Manufactured Articles)||$34.35/pound|
|Overpack -- Flammable Solids/Liquids||$3.40/pound|
|Overpack -- Fertilizers||$3.40/pound|
|Thermostats (Mercury)||No charge|
|Empty Drums (55 gallon Steel or Plastic)||$20.85/drum|
|Compact Fluorescent Bulbs||$1.35/pound|
|Small Mercury Bulbs||$4.45/pound|
|Propane Cylinders (Less than 3 gallons)||$6.10/pound|
|Propane Cylinders (3 gallons or more)||$16.45 each|
|Hazardous Category Test||$25.75/test|
Under a contract with the industry group PaintCare, the County of Santa Barbara Public Works Department accepts architectural paint and other "program products" for free at the CHWCC. Businesses must still pay the user fee of $25.00 and will still be limited to transporting no more than 27 gallons per month. Additionally, if a business produces more than 27 gallons of hazardous waste per month, it can use the facility for its latex paint, but not for its oil-based paint, based on California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) regulations.
In order to qualify as a "program product," the paint must:
- Not be mixed with any other product and
- Be in its original container that is properly labeled and not leaking
Facility staff will have the discretion to determine whether or not the paint can be accepted under the program. For a list of acceptable and unacceptable program products, please click here .
Consumers and businesses that have large volumes of paint (at least 300 gallons) may ask PaintCare to pick-up the large volume for free. Visit PaintCare's website ( http://www.paintcare.org/california/index.php ) to access a Large Volume Pickup Request Form (Form), which must be completed and submitted to PaintCare. Upon receiving this Form, PaintCare will contact the requestor and either arrange for a pickup or advise you of the best location to drop-off the paint.
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 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 bag should be limited to approximately 25 pounds; Households are limited to bringing a total of 50 pounds of material (approximately two 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 50 pounds, please contact the County South Coast Recycling and Transfer Station at (805)
681-4345 to obtain a permit application and further instructions.
Asbestos bags may be obtained for free from the Community Hazardous Waste Collection Center during normal operating hours or from the County Public Works Department, RRWMD, located at 130 East Victoria Street, Suite 100, in Santa Barbara (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). If you have any questions, please call (805) 882-3602.
Asbestos Testing and Removal Services
AbateX (aka PBM San Bernardino, Inc.)
6409-A Camino Vista
Goleta, CA 93117
(805) 319-1303 (cell no.)
(Removal of asbestos, lead, and mold. No testing done.)
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.)