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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 2021

(July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021)

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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How to Reduce Your Waste this Holiday Season

November 2, 2020 

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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The City Adopts an Ambitious Carbon Neutrality Goal by 2035

October 1, 2020 

On September 29, 2020 the Santa Barbara City Council adopted an ambitious and bold goal of Carbon Neutrality by 2035. This means that the City aims to remove as much greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere as it releases. The City joins the City of San Luis Obispo in emphasizing the urgency of addressing climate change.

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Last Updated: Sep 2, 2020
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