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Trash & Recycling

City Trash & Recycling manages reliable, cost-effective collection of residential and commercial waste. We assist homeowners, renters, and businesses in making the most of a suite of modern waste services available to them. We also negotiate and manage the contract with our city's franchised waste hauler, MarBorg. Our primary focus is on maximizing diversion of solid waste from landfill disposal.

Approved Trash & Recycling Rates for FY 2020

(July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020)

Plastic Straw, Stirrer, and Cutlery Ordinance Information Page

Beginning July 1, 2019, food and beverage vendors are no longer permitted to distribute plastic straws (including plastics made from plants) in the City of Santa Barbara. Exemptions apply. Please visit the Plastic Straw Ban Information Page for more details.

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. Please visit the Foam Ban Information Page for more details.

Let's Talk About Trash

Here at City Trash & Recycling we've made a push onto social media to get you the most updated news and information about modern waste programs in Santa Barbara. Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter, and Subscribe to our YouTube channel!

Are You A Hero In Your Community?

We will evaluate your story as a Spirit of Service nomination for Clean Community and Waste Reduction category awards.

Email us your story today! and to read more about Spirit of Service awards click here.

How to Dispose of Everything

This video explains how to deal with items like paint, electronic waste, batteries and bulky items that do not belong in the trash or on the side of the road.

Latest News

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Spirit of Service Award Nominations Open

February 20, 2020 

Now in its 16th year, the Spirit of Service honors those who have gone above and beyond by either reducing waste (reduce, reuse, recycle and compost), creating a clean community through graffiti and litter abatement or otherwise improving the environment. 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 20th.

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How to Reduce Your Waste this Holiday Season

December 7, 2019 

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, the amount of household waste generated across the country between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is 25% higher than any other time of year. That’s 25% more trash being sent to the landfill and the EPA estimates that 80% of the extra waste could be repurposed or recycled instead. In the spirit of celebrating more sustainably, we’ve put together a few tips to help you reduce your environmental impact this Holiday Season!

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16th Annual Community Clean-Up a Great Success

October 28, 2019 

The City of Santa Barbara community clean-up was held on Saturday October 19th across 8 clean-up sites. 145 volunteers participated in litter clean-up, graffiti removal, landscape maintenance, illegal dumping clean-up and park maintenance totaling over 8,000 pounds of debris removed.

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Last Updated: Jul 1, 2019
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