Facilities

The Community Hazardous Waste Collection Center at UCSB is set to reopen beginning Friday, May 1st for businesses (appointment only), and Saturday, May 2nd from 9am-3pm and Sunday, May 3rd from 11am-3pm for households. In order to prioritize the safety of our staff and patrons, please follow the guidelines listed below:

  • All visitors must wear a face mask and stay in their vehicle unless requested otherwise by staff.
  • Please place all waste in the vehicle's trunk so staff can safely gather the materials without entering the vehicle. Also, make sure all items are clearly identified for disposal and positioned so they are easily accessible.
  • Additionally, to help limit the time each person spends at the Center, amounts over the legal limit will not be accepted. Households can legally transport 15 full gallons of liquid or 125 pounds of solid material per trip, in containers no larger than 5 gallons each. Click here for more information.

If you have additional questions or would like more information on scheduling a business appointment, please call our office at (805) 882-3602. You can also find more information regarding hazardous waste and specific materials by clicking here.

Status of County Transfer Stations During Social Distancing Mandate

The South Coast Recycling and Transfer Station (SCRTS) and the Santa Ynez Valley Recycling and Transfer station (SYVRTS) are currently open to the public, as they are deemed an essential part of our community's waste management services. These facilities will continue to receive materials for proper management and disposal. To protect the community and our staff while under the social distancing mandate, Public Works is requesting that only essential materials be brought to these transfer stations for disposal.  We are asking our customers to minimize the use of these facilities by delaying disposal of non-essential materials, until the social distancing mandate is lifted. These non-essential materials would include anything that could be retained without causing a health and sanitation concern.

We are also encouraging our customers to utilize non-cash payment methods. Both transfer stations accept major credit cards and debit cards, as well as checks. Business customers may also set up an account with Public Works by contacting our Accounting Department at 805-568-3129 or emailing a request to kyhouch@cosbpw.net. We appreciate your cooperation and your consideration in assisting us with providing this essential service to our community.

For the latest updates on COVID-19 locally, including guidelines for protecting yourself and your family members, please visit https://publichealthsbc.org/.

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The County owns and operates several different types of waste collection facilities including:

Hazardous Waste Collection Centers

The Community Hazardous Waste Collection Center is a joint project of the Santa Barbara County Public Works and UCSB. The center is available to Santa Barbara County households and businesses for disposal of small quantities of hazardous waste. Many different types of materials are accepted.

The County also offers an ABOP program on Saturdays  at the Santa Ynez Valley Recycling & Transfer Station . This program accepts Antifreeze, vehicular Batteries, motor Oil, oil filters, and latex Paint from households only. To find out more about the materials accepted and transportation instructions, as well as directions to the facilities, please see the Hazardous Waste section of LessIsMore.org or call the phone numbers listed below.

Community Hazardous Waste Collection Center

Businesses: Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. By Appointment Only
Households: Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

University of California Santa Barbara
Mesa Road, Building 565
Goleta, CA 93106
(805) 882-3602
Click here for detailed information about this facility

Community Hazardous Waste Collection Center

ABOP Program at Santa Ynez Valley Recycling & Transfer Station

Note: Accepts only Antifreeze, vehicular Batteries, motor Oil, oil filters, and latex Paint (ABOP) from households in the Santa Ynez Valley only.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
4004 Foxen Canyon Road
Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 686-5080

Click here for detailed information about this facility

Recycling & Transfer Stations

Recycling and Transfer Stations are facilities where waste is stored temporarily before being sent to its final destination. Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division manages four of facilities in different areas of the County; South Coast, Santa Ynez Valley, New Cuyama and Ventucopa. Commercial waste haulers and individuals who self haul their waste can take their waste to these locations. To find out more about these locations, click on the links below.

South Coast Recycling & Transfer Station (SCRTS)

Open Monday - Saturday, 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Sundays, New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
4430 Calle Real
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
(805) 681-4345
Click here for rates and more information about the SCRTS

Santa Ynez Valley Recycling & Transfer Station (SYVRTS)

Services Santa Ynez Valley households and businesses.
Open Tuesday - Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Closed on Sundays, Mondays, New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. 4004 Foxen Canyon Road
Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 686-5080  
Click here for rates and more information about the SYVRTS

New Cuyama Transfer Station (NCTS)

Open on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  The facility is closed on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
5073 Highway 166
New Cuyama, CA 93254
(805) 681-4345
Click here for more information about the NCTS

Ventucopa Transfer Station (VTS)

Open on Thursdays and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The facility is closed on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
Highway 33
Ventucopa, CA 93254
(805) 681-4345
Click here for more information about the VTS

Landfills

Tajiguas Landfill Sign

The County of Santa Barbara runs one active landfill and monitors all closed landfills currently or previously owned by the County. Landfills are the final destination for all the waste that is not be recycled or reused in some way. Refuse is buried there in a highly controlled fashion. Other landfills located within the County are operated by the municipalities in which they are located, and Vandenberg Air Force Base possesses its own landfill.

Tajiguas Landfill (Active)

Note: Only franchise waste haulers and other account holders may deposit waste here. This facility is closed to public dumping. The Landfill is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The facility is closed on Sundays, New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. When one of these holidays falls on a weekday, please call ahead to determine whether the Landfill will be open on another day. The address is:

14470 Calle Real
Goleta, CA 93117
(805) 696-1170

Click here for rates and more information about Tajiguas

Closed Landfills

The County of Santa Barbara monitors several closed landfill sites to help keep the public safe. Here is a list of the closed landfills that are being monitored by the County.

  • Ballard Canyon/Chalk Hill Landfill
  • Foothill Landfill
  • Santa Maria Airport Landfill
  • Santa Ynez Airport Landfill
  • Lompoc Burn Dump
  • New Cuyama Landfill
  • Ventucopa Landfill and 
  • Cathedral Oaks Landfill. 

Where Does My Trash Go?

Since Santa Barbara County is divided by the Santa Ynez Mountains into two geographical areas, the North County and the South Coast, trash generated by residents of the County may end up at one of several waste management facilities. The trash may go directly to a nearby landfill or to a transfer station where the materials are temporarily stored until the waste can be hauled to a landfill.