On November 15th we once again celebrate “America Recycles Day.” The residents and businesses of Santa Barbara have made great progress on recycling in recent years, but we still have plenty of room to improve. Every day we send 25 truckloads of trash down the Gaviota Coast to be buried in the landfill.
The best estimates are that half the material making its way to Tajiguas landfill could actually be recycled. Our effective recycling rate at the curb is just 39%. Since yours is the last hand to touch the brown-bin trash, we need everyone’s participation. Each time we place an item in the blue bin or take part in a special collection, we keep that trash out of our landfill.
Fortunately, the City’s new trash and recycling contract with Marborg makes it easier than ever for all of us to recycle at home and at work.
So Much Room in the Blue Bin
If you take a minute to peek in your nearest trash can, you will surely spot many items that are recyclable. Did you know that we currently accept in the blue bin:
And that includes:
For instance, film plastic bags are now being recycled into fences, decks, and shopping carts. Did you know that an aluminum can might make its way from the recycling bin to the store shelf as a new can in as few as 60 days?
For a behind-the-scenes look at how our recycling program works, watch this YouTube video produced by City TV.