To protect residents and staff from the spread of COVID-19, the City of Santa Barbara will be closing all public counters effective Wednesday March 18th. We will temporarily be accepting utility bill payments by credit card over the phone at (805) 564-5343 and encourage residents to use one of our other payment methods.
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!
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.
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 19th, 2019 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 neighborhood beautification projects. Bring your friends, family, and colleagues!
On October 9th, 2018, Santa Barbara City Council voted 6-1 to adopt an ordinance prohibiting the distribution and sale of plastic straws and stirrers as well as limitations to the distribution of plastic cutlery which can only be provided "upon request". This ordinance includes exemptions in consideration of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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.
Ban on EPS, commonly referred to as styrofoam or foam, began 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.
What should you do with plastic bags, wrappers, peel-away food seals, and other thin-film plastics? Find out what factors prevent them from being recyclable in Santa Barbara.