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Holiday Hazardous Waste Collection Center Closure Dates

Santa Barbara County's Community Hazardous Waste Collection Center located on Mesa Road on the campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara, will be closed for the holidays December 27 - 29, 2019, and January 3 - 5, 2020. 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 10th 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 resume beginning on Saturday, January 11th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on Sunday, January 12th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  If you have any questions, please call (805) 882-3602. For more information go to


The City of Goleta Solid Waste and Environmental Services Division administers Solid Waste Franchise Agreements and oversees City-wide recycling and household hazardous waste programs.

To learn more about our Solid Waste and Environmental Services Programs and other resources, please click on the links below:

Plastic Bags are Now Considered Trash

In all jurisdictions across Santa Barbara County, plastic bags and film plastics, such as plastic wrapping, saran wrap, or small plastic pouches, are not recyclable. Please do not place these items in your blue recycling container at home or at work. Read the full press release here.

Watch this video on what plastic is now considered trashA flyer showing images of which plastics are trash can be seen here.

For more information on reducing, re-using, and recycling your waste visit

Styrofoam Recycling Comes to Santa Barbara County!

MarBog Industries and Heal the Ocean have partnered to create a pilot program for Styrofoam recycling in Santa Barbara County! Help make the program a success by dropping off your Styrofoam for free at 20 David Love Place in Goleta and 132 Nopalitos Way in Downtown Santa Barbara - do not place it in your blue recycling bin. Instead of making its way to the ocean and hurting wildlife, the recycled Styrofoam is “densified” into viscous material that is reformed into usable products such as mirrors, picture frames and new packing materials. Any form of Styrofoam is accepted, including the type electronics are shipped in, construction material and meat trays. However, the Styrofoam must be clean (no tape, aluminum wrapping, concrete, food…). Packing “peanuts” and the softer Polyurethane foam materials are not accepted. Learn more about the program here.


Michael Winnewisser, Assistant Engineer
(805) 690-5120

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