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Helpful ResourcesCity Trash & Recycling

These flyers, posters, and informational sheets will help you be smart about selecting your trash services and support you in shifting toward more recycling and foodscraps (which saves you money!).

Feel free to download and print. If you need more copies or desire more information, contact a City Recycling Specialist at 564-5627.

Business Resources, General

  • Business and Apartment GuideNew Trash and Recycling Services (PDF): Folding brochure provided to every business to explain your new and improved services.
  • Bin Costs (PDF): one page sheet showing sizes and rates for indoor recycling and foodscraps containers that we sell at cost.
  • Trash Rate Table (PDF): official city solid waste organized rates by container and number of days of pickup. Businesses (only) can use our handy online bill calculator.
  • Foam Ban Information Page: Beginning January 1, 2019, vendors and retailers are no longer permitted to distribute or sell foam food and beverage containers in the City of Santa Barbara. Exemptions apply. Follow the link to learn more.
  • Plastic Straw, Stirrer, Cutlery Ordinance Information Page: Beginning July 1, 2019 food and beverage vendors are no longer pemitted to distribute plastic and bioplastic plastic straws and stirrers in the City of Santa Barbara. Plastic cutlery and all other alternative straws are required to be "upon request" only. Follow the link to learn more.

Business Container Sizes

Residential Resources, General


Residential Container Sizes


  • Recycling Poster (PDF in revision): 11x17 poster with photographs of what can go in the blue bin
  • Medical Recycling Poster (PDF in revision): 11x17 poster specific to medical facilities

Foodscraps Composting

  • Getting Started with Foodscraps Composting in 5 easy steps (PDF in revision): 2 pages front and back flyer that explains how the foodscraps program works, what goes in the yellow bin, and how to get started
  • Do’s and Don’ts (PDF): One sheet with the most important practices for food-serving businesses
  • Foodscraps Poster (PDF in revision): 11x17 horizontal poster that shows what goes in each of the bins. Perfect for hanging in your trash area.
  • Compostable Materials Guide and Approved Vendor List (PDF): two page guide to which tableware, green bags, and take-out containers are accepted in our foodscraps program and vendor sources for those products

Video Library

  • Mayor’s State of the City Address, 2013 (start at 43:05): Mayor Helene Schneider’s Annual State of the City address included a significant section on single use bags and our new trash and recycling contract
  • "One and Done" - Waste Stream Part 1 (6:25): Discusses single-use items, their environmental impacts, and how to reduce use.
  • Recycling - Waste Stream Part 2 (3:53): all about our blue-bin recycling program
  • Yellow Bin - Waste Stream Part 3 (5:14): learn about our innovative foodscraps composting program for businesses and schools. As featured in the August 19th "City News in Brief" 
    • Education Edit of foodscraps (3:28): shorter version designed for classrooms


  • Brown Bin (Trash) - Waste Stream Part 4 (6:26): learn about Tajiguas landfill and what's left in our trash

Who To Call

City Billing Department  564-5343 
  • Questions about your Utility Bill (water, sewer, and trash)
  • Concerns about charges or disconnections
City Trash & Recycling 564-5631
  • Questions about what goes where
  • Consultation about service levels
  • To sign up for recycling or foodscraps composting
MarBorg 963-1852
  • If containers are not picked up
  • To change container sizes
  • To order a bin cleaning
Last Updated: Jul 31, 2019
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