Santa Ynez Valley Recycling & Transfer Station

Status of County Transfer Stations During Social Distancing Mandate

The South Coast Recycling and Transfer Station (SCRTS) and the Santa Ynez Valley Recycling and Transfer station (SYVRTS) are currently open to the public, as they are deemed an essential part of our community's waste management services. These facilities will continue to receive materials for proper management and disposal. To protect the community and our staff while under the social distancing mandate, Public Works is requesting that only essential materials be brought to these transfer stations for disposal.  We are asking our customers to minimize the use of these facilities by delaying disposal of non-essential materials, until the social distancing mandate is lifted. These non-essential materials would include anything that could be retained without causing a health and sanitation concern.

We are also encouraging our customers to utilize non-cash payment methods. Both transfer stations accept major credit cards and debit cards, as well as checks. Business customers may also set up an account with Public Works by contacting our Accounting Department at 805-568-3129 or emailing a request to We appreciate your cooperation and your consideration in assisting us with providing this essential service to our community.

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Materials Accepted and Fees

The Santa Ynez Valley Recycling and Transfer Station (SYVRTS) is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is closed on Sundays, Mondays,New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Total loads must be emptied. No weigh backs to attempt to stay below the minimum are allowed. If you have any questions, please call (805) 686-5080.

The fees listed below pertain to the materials accepted at the Santa Ynez Valley Recycling and Transfer Station and are effective from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022, unless otherwise noted. An on-line payment system is available for customers with an account who want to make payments by credit card. This secure system accepts VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover, and no login is needed. In addition to credit card information, a customer must provide an account identification number. For more information and to access the on-line payment system, please click here.


Minimum Loads Up to 500 Pounds

Per Ton Rate

Municipal Solid Waste Self-Haul (includes horse manure and straw bedding)



       Vehicle Rate (less than 60 lbs.)


Municipal Solid Waste Franchise



Clean Green Waste (i.e. no agave,cactus, yucca, palm, pampas grass, bamboo, castor bean, fibrous succulents, trash, rocks, metal, plastic, sod, or dirt). Please note that these types of plants are prohibited in green waste containers because they cause jams in our grinder that is used to produce mulch.  $20.00 $49.00
Clean Wood Waste $20.00 $49.00
Treated Wood Waste



Per Item Fee for Poles, Posts, and Railroad Ties (8 feet or less)


Per Item Fee for Poles, Posts, and Railroad Ties (over 8 feet)

$30.00 plus $5.00 per foot over 8 feet

Clean Metal Loads $6.00   $11.00
Clean Construction & Demolition Debris Mixed Loads



Clean Rubble



Clean Drywall



Hard to Handle Waste (e.g. large demolition material) $44.00   $175.00

Other Charges

Untarped Loads $15.00  
Tires: Autos & Light Trucks (up to 30" diameter) $4.00 per tire


Tires: Medium Trucks (31" to 40" diameter) $7.00 per tire  
Equipment Tires: (40" to 60" diameter) $82.00 per tire  
Earthmover Tires: (over 60" diameter) $110.00 per tire  
Rims $5.00 each   
Appliances with Freon $15.00 per item  
Appliances without Freon Free - Must show proof of drained freon from a certified professional  
Agricultural Plastics and Drip Tape



Mulch Loading (Minimum Fee)(6,000 pounds)* 
          Dump Truck Minimum Fee

$35.00 per load
$85.00 per load


Screened Mulch Loading Fee (Minimum Fee)(5,600 pounds)*

Dump Truck Minimum Fee 

$35.00 per load

$85.00 per load


Mulch Delivery Fee**  


Screened Mulch Delivery Fee**  


Screened Wood Delivery Fee   $58.00 
Long Distance Delivery Fee (over 30 miles)

$5.00 per mile one way

Insufficient Funds Fee (Per Item)



* Qualified trucks (no pickup trucks or trailers due to their danger of being overloaded with mulch) can be loaded with mulch for these applicable fees. Please call ahead to (805) 681-4345 to obtain details. Also, please note that a free mulch pile in front of the SYVRTS is accessible to residents seven days a week.  

** To have mulch delivered, please follow these steps: 1) Complete and sign a Mulch Purchase Agreement and e-mail, fax, or mail it in; 2) Determine the amount of mulch that you need; and 3) Call (805) 686-5084 to arrange for the delivery. Mulch deliveries can usually be made within one to two weeks of a request.  

Fees for Collection of Electronic Waste and Fluorescent Lighting Tubes  

  • Households may drop-off all types of electronics free of charge.
  • Businesses may drop-off electronic equipment containing a cathode ray tube (CRT) (e.g. computer monitors, televisions, and laptop computers) free of charge.
  • The fee for businesses dropping off all other types of electronic equipment is $25.00 per load for loads of 100 pounds or less.
  • For loads over 100 pounds, the fee is $455.00 per ton.
  • Households and businesses must pay a fee of $2.00 per 4-foot tube to dispose of fluorescent lighting. Please be advised that no more than 50 fluorescent tubes will be accepted at a time.

 Unauthorized Disposal of Hazardous Materials Fees

Batchable Hazardous Waste (10 gallons or less) $150 per incident
Batchable Hazardous Waste (greater than 10 gallons) $150.00 per incident plus all handling and disposal costs
Non-Batchable Hazardous Waste $150 per incident plus all handling and disposal costs

Santa Ynez Valley Recycling and Transfer Station ABOP

This site collects antifreeze, automotive batteries, motor oil, oil filters, and latex paint from households (no businesses please) on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Read more about the ABOP Program.