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Can I Recycle Plastic Bags?

May 18, 2015 

We encourage people to avoid single-use plastic bags, but locals may have a few floating around. What to do with them? The answer: we prefer you make a "bag of bags" and return them to a grocery store, or bundle them for your blue bin. As a last resort, throw them loose into the blue. But yes, we accept them. Learn more about why...

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Five Winners of 2015 Spirit of Service Awards

May 13, 2015 

Five extraordinary local individuals and businesses were honored with the 11th annual Spirit of Service awards on May 13th, 2015. Bill Kelly of Nordstrom, Lauren Thal-Hill of Franklin School, residents Jesse Aldana and Stella Larson, and the Towbes Group, Inc., were recognized for reducing waste and maintaining a clean community.

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What Happens to My Recycling?

June 9, 2014 
Beloved "Reading Rainbow" host LeVar Burton shows us what happens after the blue bin, including footage from EJ Harrison in Ventura, where we send our cart and can recyclables.
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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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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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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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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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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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Last Updated: Nov 25, 2013