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April 2nd Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection Event

Please mark your calendars for our upcoming Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection Event on Sunday, April 2, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Santa Ynez Valley Recycling and Transfer Station. The event is available to residents in the unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County (e.g. Santa Ynez, Los Olivos, Los Alamos, Ballard) and the City of Solvang. Please note that Buellton residents should bring their waste to the City of Buellton's next household hazardous waste collection event on May 6.

Acceptable items include: automotive fluids (e.g. motor oil, antifreeze, brake fluid, spent fuels), batteries (small household types as well as automotive), household cleaners, fertilizer, fluorescent lights (both tubes and bulbs), medications (non-controlled substances only), needles and lancets (must be delivered in rigid, puncture-proof containers), paint, pesticides, propane tanks, smoke detectors (only those designated as "Ionization" or marked with an "I"), solvent and thinner, and household electronics like TVs, computers, printers, stereos, CD/DVD players, VCRs, fax machines, scanners, copiers, video game systems, cell phones, cameras, and microwaves (but no large appliances).

Residents can bring up to 15 gallons or 125 pounds of waste per trip. Please keep in mind that no trash or green waste will be accepted during the event. Also unacceptable are biological, explosive, and radioactive materials (with the exception of smoke detectors).

Qualifying businesses are also allowed to drop off waste but must call ahead to schedule an appointment.

For further details, please download our event flyers:

Santa Ynez HHW Event Flyer (English)

Santa Ynez HHW Event Flyer (Spanish)

You can also call us at (805) 882-3615 or send us an e-mail.

  Materials Accepted and Fees at Santa Ynez Valley Recycling & Transfer Station

The Santa Ynez Valley Recycling and Transfer Station (SYVRTS) is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is closed on Sundays, New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. If you have any questions, please call (805) 686-5080. Total loads must be emptied. No weigh backs to attempt to stay below the minimum are allowed.

The fees listed below pertain to the materials accepted at the Santa Ynez Valley Recycling and Transfer Station and are effective from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017, unless otherwise noted. An on-line payment system is available for customers with an account who want to make payments by credit card.  This secure system accepts VISA and Mastercard, and no login is needed. In addition to credit card information, a customer must provide an account identification number.  For more information and to access the on-line payment system, please click here.


Minimum Loads Up to 1,000 Pounds

Per Ton Rate

Municipal Solid Waste (includes horse manure and straw bedding)
$  32.00
Clean Green Waste (i.e. no agave,cactus, yucca, palm, pampas grass, bamboo, castor bean, fibrous succulents, trash, rocks, metal, plastic, sod, or dirt).  Please note that these types of plants are prohibited from being thrown into green waste containers, since they cause jams in our grinder that is used to produce mulch. 
Clean Wood Waste (does not include plywood, particle board, press board, painted wood, laminated wood, varnished wood, and treated wood)
Treated Wood Waste

$30.00 (minimum load up to 500 pounds)


Per Item Fee for Poles, Posts, and Railroad Ties (8 feet or less)


Per Item Fee for Poles, Posts, and Railroad Ties (over 8 feet)

$10.00 plus $1.00 per foot over 8 feet

Clean Metal Loads
$5.00 (minimum load up to 500 pounds)
Clean Construction & Demolition Debris Mixed Loads

$18.00 (minimum load up to 500 pounds)


Clean Rubble

$9.00 (minimum load up to 500 pounds)


Clean Drywall

$9.00 (minimum load up to 500 pounds)


Hard to Handle Waste (e.g. large demolition material)
$24.00 (minimum load up to 500 pounds) 

Other Charges

Untarped Loads
Tires: Autos & Light Trucks (up to 30" diameter)
$2.00 per tire


Tires: Medium Trucks (31" to 40" diameter)
$5.00 per tire
Equipment Tires: (41" to 60" diameter)
$75.00 per tire
Earthmover Tires: (over 60" diameter)
$100.00 per tire
Appliances with Freon
$10.00 per item
Appliances without Freon
Agricultural Plastics and Drip Tape



Mulch Loading (Minimum Fee)(6,000 pounds)* 
$15.00 per load


Screened Mulch Loading Fee (Minimum Fee)(5,600 pounds)*

$30.00 per load


 Mulch Delivery Fee**  


Screened Mulch Delivery Fee**  


Long Distance Delivery Fee (over 30 miles)

$2.00 per mile one way

Santa Ynez Airport Landfill Remediation Surcharge (all waste originating from the Santa Ynez Valley)
Insufficient Funds Fee (Per Item)



Qualified trucks (no pickup trucks or trailers due to their danger of being overloaded with mulch) can be loaded with mulch for these applicable fees.  Please call ahead  at (805) 681-4345 to obtain details.

 ** To have mulch delivered, follow these steps:  1)  Complete and sign a Mulch Purchase Agreement and e-mail, fax, or mail it in; 2) Determine the amount of mulch that you need; and 3) Call (805) 686-5084 to arrange for the delivery.  Mulch deliveries can usually be made within one to two weeks of a request.  

Fees for Collection of Electronic Waste and Fluorescent Lighting Tubes 

  • Households may drop-off all types of electronics free of charge.
  • Businesses may drop-off electronic equipment containing a cathode ray tube (CRT) (e.g. computer monitors, televisions, and laptop computers) free of charge.
  • The fee for businesses dropping off all other types of electronic equipment is $20.00 per load for loads of 100 pounds or less.
  • For loads over 100 pounds, the fee is $400.00 per ton.
  • Both households and businesses must pay a small fee of $1.00 per 4-foot tube to dispose of fluorescent lighting. For tubes over 4 feet, the fee is $2.00 per tube.

 Unauthorized Disposal of Hazardous Materials Fees

Batchable Hazardous Waste (10 gallons or less)
$120 per incident
Batchable Hazardous Waste (greater than 10 gallons)
$120 per incident plus all handling and disposal costs
Non-Batchable Hazardous Waste
$120 per incident plus all handling and disposal costs

ABOP at Santa Ynez Valley Recycling and Transfer Station

This site collects antifreeze, vehicular batteries, motor oil, oil filters, and latex paint from households (no businesses please) on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Read more about the ABOP Program.



Last updated: March 16, 2017

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