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 providing regional solid waste management services.  In addition, the Division provides wastewater treatment services for a specific area of the County.

Our Division is led by Leslie Wells, the Deputy Director, and is staffed with approximately 100 employees providing a wide array of services.  The Division is committed to providing regional residents and businesses with cost effective, innovative, and environmentally sound solutions to manage our community's waste.  We take pride in designing and implementing programs and operating facilities that educate and engage residents and businesses to actively participate in efforts that benefit our local environment.

We strive to continually improve our services and responsiveness to the needs of the County for whom we serve.  Our efforts have directly resulted in a high level of service that you will find detailed on our website and in our Annual Report for fiscal year 2019-20 which can be found here.  You can learn more about our Division's programs and operations by watching our YouTube video.


The Naomi Schwartz building, where the Collection and Materials Management and Engineering sections reside, is located at the following address:

Main Office:  Map icon
130 East Victoria Street, Suite 100,
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Tel (805) 882-3600 Fax (805) 882-3601
Office hours: 8:00am - 12:00pm and 1:00pm - 5:00pm Monday - Friday 

Collection and Materials Management

This section of the Division is a team of innovative specialists responsible for designing, implementing, and administering a wide range of customer service oriented community solid waste management programs.  These programs range from negotiating and overseeing the agreements for the collection of waste materials from residents and businesses, administering mandatory commercial recycling, managing programs to enhance recycling, composting and education related to natural resources at local schools, providing multiple means for appropriately handling hazardous and special waste materials, and providing opportunities for the community to compost unused organics such as food waste.  In addition, this section remediates illegal dumping and ensures compliance with local solid waste regulations.  


This section operates the Tajiguas Landfill, which responsibly disposes of trash from the communities of Goleta, Santa Barbara, Buellton, and Solvang, as well as the south coast and Santa Ynez Valley unincorporated areas.  The section also operates the South Coast and Santa Ynez Valley Recycling and Transfer Stations, providing convenient facilities for the community to properly dispose of or manage electronics, green waste, recyclables, and trash.  Smaller facilities are located in New Cuyama and Ventucopa to serve those more remote communities.                                         


This section prepares all engineering and geologic plans and reports to support the County's solid waste management facilities.  In addition, the section monitors all active and closed landfills to ensure ongoing compliance with the many state and federal regulations governing the environmental and public safety of each facility. 

Orcutt Wastewater Services/Streetlighting Districts (Unincorporated)

This section manages and operates the Laguna County Sanitation District, which provides waste water management services to residential and business customers in Orcutt, an unincorporated area in northern Santa Barbara County.  The District operates community sewer lines, lift stations, and a treatment plant to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations.  In addition, recycled water is provided to interested customers for reuse.