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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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How Clean Do My Recyclables Need to Be?

April 29, 2019 

Simple Answer: Very clean. Containers should be clean, dry, and loose in your blue bin. Empty out beverage containers, cans, and glass, then rinse or wipe them. Oily or sticky liquids are a big concern because they contaminate other items, like paper. Wet or food contaminated paper will not be recycled as it will mold.

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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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Last Updated: Jul 1, 2019
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