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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.   

 Santa Ynez Valley Household Hazardous Waste/
Electronics Collection Event

On Sunday, October 2nd from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the County Public Works Department, Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division in conjunction with the City of Solvang, will be holding its semi-annual household hazardous waste/electronics collection event at the Santa Ynez Valley Recycling and Transfer Station, located at 4004 Foxen Canyon Road in Los Olivos.  Households may drop off various types of hazardous waste and electronics for free, while businesses may also drop off these materials by making an appointment and paying applicable fees.  For more information, please call (805) 882-3615 or click here to access the flyer for the event.  For information about the event in Spanish, please click here.  

Please note that no trash or green waste, satellite dishes, or large appliances will be accepted.  Also, no explosives, radioactive or biological materials, ammunition, controlled substances, or smoke detectors will be accepted.

New Cuyama Household Hazardous Waste/
Electronics Collection Event

On Saturday, October 1st from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the County Public Works Department, Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division will be holding its annual household hazardous waste/electronics collection event at the New Cuyama Transfer Station, located at 5073 Highway 166 in New Cuyama.  Households may drop off various types of hazardous waste and electronics for free, while businesses may also drop off these materials by making an appointment and paying applicable fees.  For more information, please call (805) 882-3615 or click here to access the flyer for the event.  For information about the event in Spanish, please click here.     

Please note that no trash or green waste, satellite dishes, or large appliances will be accepted.  Also, no explosives, radioactive or biological materials, ammunition, controlled substances, or smoke detectors will be accepted. 

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.

 Summary of Regional Solid Waste Management Services
for Fiscal Year 2014-15

A summary of solid waste management services provided during fiscal year 2014-15 (July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015) to the cities of Goleta, Santa Barbara, and Solvang, as well as the unincorporated areas, is now available.  The summary notes that some services were also provided to the cities of Buellton, Lompoc, and Santa Maria.  To read the summary, please click here.

2014-15 Annual Report on County's Hazardous Waste Collection Programs

The Annual Report for fiscal year 2014-15 (July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015) 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. 

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

2014-15 English Recycling Resource Guide for Santa Barbara County Now Available

The 2014-15 English edition of the Recycling Resource Guide for Santa Barbara County (Guide) is now available in hard copy and on-line.  To access the Guide on-line, please click here or visit the County's resource for information on waste prevention and reduction, recycling, and reuse, www.LessIsMore.org. To request a hard copy, please call (805) 882-3600 or send an e-mail message to:  sddicki@cosbpw.net

The Guide provides a wealth of information on such topics as:

  • Waste prevention tips
  • A Directory of Materials for Reuse and Recycling, which lists different categories of materials and places where people can take those materials to be reused or recycled;
  • Recycling drop-off and buyback centers;
  • Hazardous waste collection facilities;
  • Used motor oil collection centers;
  • How to prevent and reduce the receipt of junk mail;
  • Locations that accept home generated sharps (needles);
  • Drop-off locations for unwanted medications (Operation Medicine Cabinet); and
  • Information on County's backyard composting and mulch programs.

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:  September 8, 2016

 
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