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Proposed Plastic Straw Ban

July 23, 2018 

UPDATE: On July 24th, 2018 City Council moved to bring this proposed ordinance back to the ordinance committee for further discussion.

Santa Barbara City Council is considering the adoption of an ordinance prohibiting the distribution and sale of plastic straws as well as limitations to the distribution of plastic stirrers and cutlery which can only be provided "upon request". This ordinance would include exemptions in consideration of the Americans with Disabilities Act.


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Go Plastic Free this July!

July 2, 2018 

Simple behavior changes can greatly reduce the amount of single-use plastic we all use on a day-to-day basis. Here are some simple tips that you can do to reduce your impact:


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Have you seen our postcard?

June 29, 2018 

We recently mailed out a postcard to City of Santa Barbara residents with helpful information on how to keep our community clean. If you did not receive it or would like to print your own, here are links to digital versions in English and Spanish.


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Free E-Waste Recycling Events May 4th and 5th, 2018

March 26, 2018 

NEW LOCATION - EARL WARREN SHOWGROUNDS. Bring your old electronics to our next free e-waste recycling events, Friday 05/04/18 and Saturday 05/05/18 at the Earl Warren Showgrounds (Calle Real entrance). Free to all area residents and businesses.

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Public Container Repair and Replacement Program

February 16, 2018 

Approximately 1,400 public trash and recycling containers in 26 different styles currently exist throughout the City of Santa Barbara. A past assessment revealed that most of the containers were weathered or are in disrepair. In 2015, the City’s Environmental Services Division addressed the needs and created a Public Container Repair and Replacement Program.

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Ash Clean Up Tips

December 14, 2017 

Clean up of ash is not advised while the fire is still burning and ash is falling.

If you must clean up ash, *PLEASE* DO NOT put ash directly in your trash, it must be bagged first.

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14th Annual Community Clean-Up

September 13, 2017 

Looking Good Santa Barbara would like to invite you to join us for our next Community Clean-Up event and to give your neighborhood some love! The event will take place on Saturday October 14th, 2017 from 9 am to 12 pm. Volunteers will have the opportunity to improve local neighborhoods through a variety of projects, including litter pick-up, graffiti removal, and creek clean-up. Bring your friends, family, and colleagues!

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Can I Recycle Plastic Bags?

June 19, 2017 

We encourage people to avoid single-use plastic bags, but locals may have a few floating around. What to do with them? The answer: we prefer you make a "bag of bags" and return them to a grocery store, or as a last resort bundle them together for your brown trash bin. Learn more about why...

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Easy Battery Recycling at Home!

May 24, 2017 

All Santa Barbara residents with trash service have access to battery recycling at home. Tape the ends of the batteries, bag them up, and place them on top of your blue bin.


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Four Winners of 2017 Spirit of Service Awards

May 17, 2017 

Four extraordinary local businesses and groups were honored with the 13th annual Spirit of Service awards on May 10th, 2017. Catholic Charities Santa Barbara, Salvation Army Hospitality House, the Mental Wellness Center, and students of Teens on the Scence were recognized for reducing waste and maintaining a clean community.

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Six Winners of 2016 Spirit of Service Awards

May 11, 2016 

Six extraordinary local individuals and businesses were honored with the 12th annual Spirit of Service awards on May 11th, 2016. Paul Cronshaw of La Cuesta High School, Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation, Garden Court Community on De La Vina, Calvary Baptist Church of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Arts Alliance, and Keep it Clean Santa Barbara were recognized for reducing waste and maintaining a clean community.

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Free Mattress Recycling

January 6, 2016 

Starting January 6th, 2016 the statewide recycling program for used mattresses and box springs called “Bye Bye Mattress” will be launched in California.

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How Clean Do My Recyclables Need to Be?

June 29, 2015 

Simple Answer: containers should be as clean as you can reasonably make them in a few seconds. Empty them out, then rinse or wipe them if you can. Oily or sticky liquids are of concern because they contaminate other items, like paper. But sparkling clean isn't necessary.

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Five Winners of 2015 Spirit of Service Awards

May 13, 2015 

Five extraordinary local individuals and businesses were honored with the 11th annual Spirit of Service awards on May 13th, 2015. Bill Kelly of Nordstrom, Lauren Thal-Hill of Franklin School, residents Jesse Aldana and Stella Larson, and the Towbes Group, Inc., were recognized for reducing waste and maintaining a clean community.

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What Happens to My Recycling?

June 9, 2014 
Beloved "Reading Rainbow" host LeVar Burton shows us what happens after the blue bin, including footage from EJ Harrison in Ventura, where we send our cart and can recyclables.
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New State CRV Rules Impacting Bottle Collection

December 19, 2013 
New regulations at the State level mean that wine and liquor bottles are no longer fetching a premium price at CRV redemption centers. They are still accepted in your blue bin, but many neighborhood bottle collectors are no longer taking them. CRV-marked beverage bottles and cans are unaffected.
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How To Dispose Of Everything

December 3, 2013 
Items like paint, electronic waste, batteries and bulky items do not belong in the trash or on the side of the road. The City has teamed up with Marborg to provide convenient, safe solutions to dispose of waste that doesn't belong in your trash or recycling bins. Learn more from our video.

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Milk cartons and juice boxes are now recyclable in your blue bin

September 24, 2013 

Milk containers? Coconut water boxes? Juice boxes? Soup containers? We want ‘em.


All these cartons - what are known as “aseptic containers” as well as anything with a gabled top -- are now accepted in your blue residential recycling carts. That includes all types of “Tetra Pak” packaging. This is true throughout the City of Santa Barbara and the South County.


Cartons simply need to be emptied. A quick rinse is helpful to reduce odor while it sits in the blue bin.
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Sansum Clinic Launches Recycling, Saves Money

May 9, 2013 
Sansum Clinic’s new recycling program at the Pesetas location keeps 66% of discarded materials out of the landfill, up from 25% previously. The City, MarBorg, and Sansum have worked together to make recycling work for their organization.
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New Rates Effective July 1

May 8, 2013 
Under the new contract with MarBorg Industries, Santa Barbara's residential and business customers receive a range of enhanced trash, recycling, greenwaste, and foodscraps compost services.
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Last Updated: Nov 25, 2013
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