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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.

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.

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.

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.

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Foam Ban Information Page

January 1, 2019 

Ban on EPS, commonly referred to as styrofoam or foam, begins Jan. 1, 2019. To prevent expanded polystyrene from polluting our creeks and coastal environment, Santa Barbara City Council unanimously voted to approve a ban on expanded polystyrene food and beverage containers from all food, beverage, and retail providers.

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How to Reduce Your Waste this Holiday Season

December 7, 2018 

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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Last Updated: Feb 7, 2019
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