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Spirit of Service Award Nominations Open

February 6, 2014 
Now in its 10th year, the Spirit of Service honors those who have gone above and beyond by either reducing waste (reduce, reuse, recycle and compost) or creating a clean community through graffiti and litter abatement. Winners are honored at a luncheon presided over by the Mayor and emceed by KEYT’s Tracy Lehr. Everyone is invited to nominate individuals or organizations from now until March 7th. www.LookingGoodSB.com
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New State CRV Rules Impacting Bottle Collection

December 19, 2013 
New regulations at the State level mean that wine and liquor bottles are no longer fetching a premium price at CRV redemption centers. They are still accepted in your blue bin, but many neighborhood bottle collectors are no longer taking them. CRV-marked beverage bottles and cans are unaffected.
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Christmas Trees and Extra Holiday Waste - free collection

December 18, 2013 
From December 26th to January 9th, MarBorg will be collecting extra items from all City residential customers at no additional charge. Just leave extra bags or bundles with your normal pickup. Christmas trees (without any additional stuff) will be collected whole.
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How To Dispose Of Everything

December 3, 2013 
Items like paint, electronic waste, batteries and bulky items do not belong in the trash or on the side of the road. The City has teamed up with Marborg to provide convenient, safe solutions to dispose of waste that doesn't belong in your trash or recycling bins. Learn more from our video.

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Single-Use Bags Prohibited Beginning May 14th

November 14, 2013 
As of May 14, 2014, large grocery stores and pharmacies in Santa Barbara will be prohibited from providing single-use carryout plastic bags to customers. It's time for stores to prepare to implement the new ordinance, and the City is providing information to help stores and shoppers comply.
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November 15th is America Recycles Day

November 11, 2013 
Friday, November 15 is "America Recycles Day." The City has made great progress on recycling, but we still have room to improve. Each time we place an item in the blue bin or take part in a special collection, we keep that trash out of our landfill. The City's new contract with Marborg makes it easier than ever for all of us to recycle at home and at work.
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Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday 10/26

October 23, 2013 
On Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Santa Barbara Police Department will be partnering with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to hold another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The collection location will be at the La Cumbre Plaza Mall, 121 S. Hope Avenue.
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Milk cartons and juice boxes are now recyclable in your blue bin

September 24, 2013 

Milk containers? Coconut water boxes? Juice boxes? Soup containers? We want ‘em.


All these cartons - what are known as “aseptic containers” as well as anything with a gabled top -- are now accepted in your blue residential recycling carts. That includes all types of “Tetra Pak” packaging. This is true throughout the City of Santa Barbara and the South County.


Cartons simply need to be emptied. A quick rinse is helpful to reduce odor while it sits in the blue bin.
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Free E-Waste Collection Event

September 3, 2013 
On Friday and Saturday October 18th and 19th, the City of Santa Barbara will once again host a free event to collect and recycle consumer and business electronics that are no longer wanted (e-waste).
We accept all forms of electronic waste - anything that runs with plug or batteries.
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Community Clean-Up Day

September 1, 2013 
Looking Good Santa Barbara would like to invite you to join us for our next Community Clean-Up event, Saturday October 12, and give your neighborhood some love! Make this the year that you and your family get involved!
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Trash Delayed One Day for Labor Day

August 29, 2013 
NO trash pickups for cart and can service on Monday, September 2nd, 2013. Service is shifted one day later all week. If your service is normally Monday, your pickup will be on Tuesday, and so on.
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Foodscraps Program Featured in City News

August 20, 2013 
"City News in Brief" highlights the success of the Foodscraps Composting program that diverts leftover food from over 150 restaurants and grocery stores and turns it into compost. Coming soon to multi-unit residences.
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Your Utility Bill Has a New Look

July 1, 2013 

Beginning in July, you will see a new look to your City Utility Bill for Trash, Water and Wastewater. The new bill format will provide each customer with more precise information about their services.

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Sansum Clinic Launches Recycling, Saves Money

May 9, 2013 
Sansum Clinic’s new recycling program at the Pesetas location keeps 66% of discarded materials out of the landfill, up from 25% previously. The City, MarBorg, and Sansum have worked together to make recycling work for their organization.
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Get Paid to Recycle Your Old Refrigerator or Freezer

May 8, 2013 
All residents and businesses in South Santa Barbara County that want to replace their older working refrigerator or freezer with a more energy-efficient appliance or dispose of a spare are encouraged to register.

In addition to picking up old, working units and recycling them, SCE will pay $35 for a refrigerator and $35 for a freezer. Old appliances are dismantled at a recycling center where the metals and refrigerants are removed in an environmentally safe manner.

To register to participate in the pick-up, residents and businesses should visit SCEEP.org or call 800-234-9722. SCE will visit the qualifying home or business to haul away the old refrigerator or freezer. Participants will then receive a $35 check in the mail. To qualify, refrigerators or freezers must be in working (e.g., cooling) order, between 10 and 32 cubic feet in size, and located at a valid SCE billing address within the SCE territory.

Pickup and incentive is limited to a total of two refrigerators or freezer units per location per year. For more information, visit SCEEP.org.

WHEN: May 18 and May 19 between the hours of 7 AM and 7 PM.

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New Rates Effective July 1

May 8, 2013 
Under the new contract with MarBorg Industries, Santa Barbara's residential and business customers receive a range of enhanced trash, recycling, greenwaste, and foodscraps compost services.
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