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What Goes Where?City Trash & Recycling

Santa Barbara residents have access to four different colored bins. Click on each bin below to learn in further detail about what is acceptable and unacceptable.

What Goes Where?

Blue Bin 

We really do recycle all these things: 

  • All Metal
  • All Hard Plastics & Bottles (no plastics that had food in them, styrofoam, bags, and film plastics) For specifics, please review the new Recycling Guidelines.
  • All Paper & Cardboard (not wet or soiled e.g. used paper towels, greasy pizza boxes)
  • All Glass Containers

Green Bin 

  • Leaves
  • Branches
  • Cut flowers
  • Grass

No pampas grass or palm fronds

Foodscraps Compost:
Yellow Bin 

For multi-unit buildings and businesses only.  Call 805-564-5631 to learn more or click here.
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat, bones, fat
  • Paper towels, tissues
  • Soiled cardboard

Landfill Trash: Brown Bin 


  • Everything that can’t go in one of the other bins.

Brown bin trash is not sorted and goes straight to the landfill.

Hazardous Waste


  • Chemicals
  • Paint
  • Electronics
  • Medical Waste
  • Batteries
  • Antifreeze
  • Motor Oil

Learn more about hazardous waste disposal options.


Last Updated: May 17, 2019
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