Up and running since 2009, Santa Barbara's commercial foodscraps composting program has over 200 participating businesses: coffee shops, restaurants, hotels, schools, plus a few office-based companies and multi-unit apartment buildings.
Foodscraps are food and soiled paper sorted from your trash. These materials can be diverted from the landfill and turned into compost.
Foodscraps are picked up by the City’s waste hauler, MarBorg, just like your recycling and trash.
Sorting out your foodscraps helps the environment in two ways:
Diverts material from the landfill. When foodscraps are buried they do not only take up a lot of space, but also produce greenhouse gases as they break down.
Foodscraps are turned into compost. Compost is a soil amendment used by local farmers and on public parks and school grounds.
Foodscraps collection is half the cost of trash service. The more foodscraps you separate from your trash, the more you save!
Where do we send our foodscraps?
Our foodscraps go from the local Transfer Station (aka "the dump") to Engel and Gray, a commercial composting facility in Santa Maria. They spend several weeks in windrows, heated to 131 degrees, to produce a high-quality soil amendment. That compost is available for private purchase (at Agri-Chip), and is also used at Santa Barbara parks and schools.
We are currently unable to recycle styrofoam. Although you might see a recycling symbol on it, and it is made of recyclable materials, it is made of so much air that there is currently not a viable market for this material.
Aluminum Foil and TraysPlease rinse and recycle these.