On November 14th Santa Barbara's plastic bag ordinance goes into effect at smaller stores that sell basic groceries: food marts, liquor stores, convenience food stores, gas stations, and drug stores. No more single-use plastic bags at checkout and recyclable paper bags have a 10¢ charge. Bring your own reusable bag, or ask yourself, “Do I need a bag at all?”
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.