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 Protecting the public health and environment of our community by efficiently managing waste products and utilities with a focus on resource conservation.   

Tajiguas Resource Recovery Project and Sanitary Landfill
Solid Waste Facility Permit #42-AA-0015

A revision to the Tajiguas Landfill's Solid Waste Facility Permit (SWFP) is required for the Tajiguas Resource Recovery Project.  A copy of the Local Enforcement Agency's Public Notice for the SWFP Revision can be accessed here. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Sloan, Senior Environmental Health Specialist, at (805) 681-4942 or at lsloan@sbcphd.org.   

Community Hazardous Waste Collection Center
to Be Closed During Christmas and New Year's Day Weekends

The Community Hazardous Waste Collection Center (Center), located on Mesa Road on the campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara, will be closed during Christmas and New Year's Day weekends, from December 23rd through 25th and from December 30th through January 1st, respectively.  Please be advised that it is unlawful to leave hazardous waste at the gate or any other unattended location.

The Center will resume normal operating hours for the acceptance of hazardous waste from businesses by appointment only on Friday, January 6th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  To make an appointment, please call (805) 882-3602.  Normal operating hours for the acceptance of hazardous waste from households will also resume beginning on Saturday, January 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on Sunday, January 8th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  If you have any questions, please call (805) 882-3602.

2016-17 English Edition of Recycling Guide Now Available

The 2016-17 English edition of Santa Barbara County's Recycling Guide (Guide) is now available both in hard copy and on the Public Works Department's recycling website:  www.LessIsMore.org.  The Guide provides information on waste prevention/reduction, reuse, and recycling in such areas as the following:   

  • Waste prevention tips;
  • Places that accept various materials that will be reused or recycled;
  • Recycling droop-off and buyback centers;
  • Hazardous waste collection centers;
  • Electronic waste collection facilities;
  • Used motor oil collection centers;
  • How to prevent or reduce the receipt of junk mail;
  • County's backyard composting and mulch programs;
  • Sharps collection program;
  • Operation Medicine Cabinet for the collection of unwanted medications; and 
  • Tips and resources for purchasing recycled-content products.
Call the Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division at (805) 882-3600 to obtain a free copy of the Guide or send an email to us.  

2015-16 Annual Report on County's Hazardous Waste Collection Programs

The Annual Report for fiscal year 2015/16 (July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016) on the County's Hazardous Waste Collection Programs is now available for review by clicking here.  This report provides information on such areas as the following: 

  • The amount and types of hazardous waste collected from households and businesses classified as Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators (CESQGs) at the Community Hazardous Waste Collection Center (CHWCC);
  • The number of households and CESQGs that disposed of hazardous waste at the CWHCC; and
  • Programs offered for the collection of other types of hazardous waste.

If you have any questions, please contact Jody Rundle at (805) 882-3602 or via e-mail:  jrundle@cosbpw.net.  

Annual Report of Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division
for Fiscal Year 2015-16

The Annual Report describing the solid waste management services provided by the Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division during fiscal year 2015-16 (July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016) to the cities of Goleta, Santa Barbara, and Solvang, as well as the unincorporated areas, is now available.  The Annual Report notes that some services were also provided to the cities of Buellton, Lompoc, and Santa Maria.  To read the Annual Report, please click here.

 Board of Supervisors Approves the Tajiguas Resource Recovery Project at the Tajiguas Landfill on July 12, 2016 

On July 12, 2016, the Board of Supervisors approved a contract with MSB Investors, LLC to build and operate the Tajiguas Resource Recovery Project.  It also certified the Final Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (FSEIR) associated with this proposed project.  The Board letter and accompanying attachments can be accessed at:
https://santabarbara.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx#current (Departmental Item No. 9:  16-00494).  A Revision Letter/Errata to the proposed Final Subsequent EIR has been prepared to address minor changes to the proposed Final Subsequent EIR and can be accessed here.  The Board of Supervisors will consider this project in the fall regarding approval of waste delivery agreements with the cities currently served by the Tajiguas Landfill and the release of the public funding package.   

If you have any questions regarding the project or the hearing, please contact Carlyle Johnston at (805) 882-3617 or by email at CJohnst@cosbpw.net.

   New Online RRWMD Account Data Access

Now available, the Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division is providing direct access of transactional data to all of our billing customers. You can view information collected through our facility scale system, create your own reports, make payments, and more.

Please visit our Web Reporting System to establish an account. Click on the "Contact Us" link and fill out the required fields. In the Question/Comment box, be sure to enter your billing account number (e.g. "Create an account for me for billing account ID __"). If you have any questions, please contact either Kyle Houchens or Sandi Deaile with our Accounting Department. 

Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban Passed by the Board of Supervisors

On August 25, 2015, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors adopted a local ordinance banning single-use plastic bags in some stores in the unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County. This law is very similar to locally approved bag bans in the cities of Santa Barbara, Ojai, and Carpinteria, as well as all of San Luis Obispo County and its cities.

This ban affects supermarkets, pharmacies, food markets, and liquor stores. These stores will eventually only have reusable bags for sale or bags made out of recycled paper that will cost 10 cents per bag.  Larger stores like supermarkets and large chain pharmacies will be impacted by this law on March 22, 2016. Smaller stores, like neighborhood markets and liquor stores, will be affected on September 24, 2016. It is estimated that there are 8 larger stores and 66 smaller stores that will be affected within the unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County.

The press release pertaining to this vote can be found by clicking here.  If you have any questions about this ordinance or its related Environmental Impact Report (EIR), please contact Carlyle Johnston at (805) 882-3617 or at 
cjohnst@cosbpw.net

New Video on Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division

Who We Are and What We Do

Please see the new video on YouTube that describes the programs and operations of the Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division:  http://youtu.be/z-LLPUdVv9Q

Video on County's Food Forward Program

The Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division has launched a program to prevent the generation of food waste, to reduce the amount of food waste, and to recycle the food waste that is generated.  As an introduction to this program, please watch this YouTube video:  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1B2XwjOew1U&feature=youtu.be

County Mulch Available for Drought Relief

In this time of emergency drought conditions, the Resource Recovery and Waste Management Division of the County of Santa Barbara Public Works Department wants to remind everyone that mulch is available at our transfer stations for pickup or delivery. Mulch can be picked up at no charge at the South Coast Recycling & Transfer Station, located at 4430 Calle Real in Santa Barbara. There is a small fee if you want the mulch loaded for you. Call (805) 681-4345 for hours and availability or click here. Mulch can also be picked up at no charge at the Santa Ynez Valley Recycling & Transfer Station, located at 4004 Foxen Canyon Road in Los Olivos. Again, there is a small fee if you want the mulch loaded for you. Call (805) 686-5084 for hours and availability or click here.   

New County On-Line Payment System Now Available

A new on-line payment system is now available for customers who conduct business at the County's South Coast Recycling and Transfer Station, the Santa Ynez Valley Recycling and Transfer Station, and the Community Hazardous Waste Collection Center.  This secure system accepts VISA and Mastercard credit card payments, and no login is needed.  In addition to credit card information, a customer must provide either a customer account identification number or an invoice number.  For more information and to access the payment system, please click here.

Discounted Composting Bins Available Year-Round

The Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division offers Earth Machine composting bins for sale year-round at a cost of $40.00, which is over 50 percent off the retail price.  These composting bins may be purchased between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, at the South Coast Recycling and Transfer Station, located at 4430 Calle Real in Santa Barbara.  In the North County, these composting bins may be purchased between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the North County Public Works Building, located at 620 West Foster Road in Santa Maria.  For more information about the Earth Machine, visit the County's recycling website:  http://lessismore.org/materials/71-discount-compost-bins 

Conversion Technology -- Resource Recovery Project 

The goal of this project is to establish a long term plan for the disposal of our community’s waste.  Conversion Technology may be a way to reduce the environmental impact of our community’s waste, reduce our landfill dependence and provide green energy for our community. Read more about this at www.conversiontechnologystudy.com/.  

Effective April 19, 2012, the following environmental documents pertaining to the proposed Resource Recovery Project at the Tajiguas Landfill have been released: 

Notice of Preparation for Resource Recovery Project Released 

Notice of Preparation.pdf 61.87 KB   

 Environmental Impact Report Scoping Document Released  

TJ RRP NOP SCOPING 4_11_12 FINAL with figures.pdf 3.04 MB 

The Division at a Glance 

The Resource Recovery and Waste Management Division is one of several divisions within the Santa Barbara County Public Works Department, and is responsible for the cost-effective management of solid waste and utilities in the County. (See: Mission Statement) 

The Division's comprehensive program for the management of solid waste includes the collection, recycling, and disposal of solid waste, and also the abatement of illegal dumping of waste. 

The Division is headed by a Deputy Director and has approximately 110 full-time employees. There are four sections within the Division, each responsible for performing a unique series of functions. The Administration building, where the Collection and Materials Management and Engineering sections of the Resource Recovery and Waste Management Division reside, is located at the above address. 

Main Office: Map Icon
130 East Victoria Street, Suite 100,
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Tel (805) 882-3600 Fax (805) 882-3601
Office hours: 8:00am - 12:00pm and 1:00pm - 5:00pm Monday - Friday 

 Collection and Materials Management  

This section manages the County's resource recovery and waste diversion programs (community programs), reviews and manages long-range solid waste management plans, and oversees the County's solid waste collection franchises for regularly generated solid waste. This section also oversees the permitting of unscheduled solid waste collection in the unincorporated areas of the County. 

The Collection Services web page summarizes the history of solid waste collection in the County and offers a listing of resources for contacting your service provider if you wish to initiate service or change your current service contact. 

 Operations

This section manages waste processing and disposal operations at the County's transfer stations and active landfills.                                                      

Engineering 

This section prepares all engineering and geologic plans and documents for the County's solid waste facilities, and monitors all active and closed landfills currently or previously owned by the County to ensure ongoing compliance with the many State and Federal regulations governing the environmental safety of each facility. 

Utilities 

This section manages and operates the Laguna Wastewater Treatment Facility, which serves Orcutt, an unincorporated area in northern Santa Barbara County. It also provides engineering support and administrative support (i.e., billing) to the County's underground utilities program and the County-administered wastewater, water and street lighting districts located throughout the unincorporated areas of the County.

Mission Statement 

The mission of the Resource Recovery and Waste Management Division is to protect the public health and environment of our community by efficiently managing waste products and utilities with a focus on resource conservation. 

Goals of the Division 

  • Maintain a minimum 15-Year disposal capacity
  • Meet or exceed all regulatory requirements at each solid waste and utilities facility
  • Constantly improve Division performance
  • Reduce costs and user fees in Resource Recovery and Waste Management Programs and pursue additional revenue sources 
  • Enhance community understanding of Resource Recovery and Waste Management Programs 
  • Provide a safe environment for employees and the public                                                             

Last updated:  November 30, 2016

 
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