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Save the Date: April 9 is Household Goods & Hazardous Waste Day

The City invites the community to its Annual Household Goods and Hazardous Waste Day on Saturday, April 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at City Hall, 5775 Carpinteria Ave. At the free event, Carpinteria residents can dispose of almost anything: household hazardous waste, household goods such as furniture, used appliances, mattresses, clothing, fluorescent light bulbs, pesticides, herbicides, mercury thermometers, aerosol cans, cleaning products and e-waste (anything with a plug or a battery). Not accepted at the event are the following: tires, explosives, biohazards, and radioactive materials. Modifications have been made to the event to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Participants must remain in their vehicles, and items for disposal must be kept in the trunk or truck bed where staff can easily access them. Staff will not enter the vehicle cabin. For more information, contact Environmental Program Manager Erin Maker at 805-880-3415 or

Solid Waste Program

The Solid Waste Program includes collection services for trash, recycling, green waste and other organic waste for both residential and commercial customers, as well as street sweeping services.

The City contracts with E.J. Harrison and Sons, Inc. under a franchise agreement, and Pacific Sweep, LLC for street sweeping.  This program also provides for the collection of antifreeze, batteries, oil, and paint (ABOP); and the annual household hazardous waste and household goods including electronic waste (E-Waste).

The Solid Waste Program is funded by Assembly Bill (AB) 939 fees which are collected by E. J. Harrison and Sons, Inc. and remitted to the City as part of the contract. The cost of the program is also offset with the Oil Payment Program Funds from the California Department of Resource, Recovery and Recycling (CalRecycle).

ABOP Collection:

The ABOP (antifreeze, batteries, oil, paint) collection center is open the second and fourth Saturdays of the month between the times of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The months of November and December are only the second Saturday of the month between the times of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The collection center is located at the west end of the City Hall campus, 5775 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria CA, 93013.

WHAT WE ACCEPT: Antifreeze*, batteries, oil*, used oil filters, latex and oil based paints*, small household electronics** (max 3 per household), mercury based thermostats and florescent light bulbs and tubes. PLEASE KEEPS ITEMS SEPARATE.

*5 gallon per-visit liquid maximum

**Electronic waste includes items like televisions, computers, printers, microwaves, lamps, and other small household electronic items.

For more information on what paint items we accept, please visit

Used Oil Collection Center

The City accepts used motor oil and oil filters Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) at 5775 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria CA 93013. This is a self service oil disposal center located at the ABOP containment area adjacent to the west parking lot and Public Works. There is a five gallon liquid maximum per household. Please contact 805.880.3415, for questions about this facility.

Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection:

The City’s solid waste contractor does not provide for the collection of household hazardous waste. The City independently procures a contractor with a Hazardous Substance Removal Certification as licensed by the Contractors State License Board for the collection of the household hazardous waste. The Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection event is held at the Public Works Yard. The event is funded by AB 939 fees.

The Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection event is conducted on the second Saturday in April between the times of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

The next Annual Household Goods and Hazardous Waste Day will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2022.

Annual Household Goods Collection:

The Annual Household Goods Collection event is conducted concurrently and at the same location as the Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection event. The City’s solid waste contractor provides for the collection of various non-hazardous household goods including E-Waste and bulky items. The event is funded by AB 939 fees.

The Annual Household Goods Collection event is conducted on the second Saturday in April between the times of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

The next Annual Household Goods and Hazardous Waste Day will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2022. 

Beverage Container Recycling Center

The recycling center located behind Albertson’s supermarket in Casitas Plaza accepts beverage containers eligible for redemption. The center is operated by Ponce Recycling, and open hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Customers will be paid for glass, aluminum and plastic beverage containers labeled for California redemption.

Bulky Item Pickup

As part of the Franchise Agreement, residential trash collection services include two free bulky item pickups each calendar year.  To schedule, please call E.J. Harrison & Sons at 805-647-1414. If you are located outside of City limits, contact your waste hauler for more information.

Multi-family customers (dwellings with five or more units) and commercial customers may arrange for bulky item collection for a fee. If you are a multi-family or commercial customer, please contact the account holder or property manager and have them arrange for bulky item pickup.

Medication/Pharmaceutical Disposal

Please do not flush medications! It is important that medications are properly disposed of. Wastewater treatment facilities are not able to remove many of the chemicals that make up pharmaceutical products. If released into water bodies, these pharmaceutical byproducts can adversely impact wildlife and the environment. Currently there are two programs that operate take-back programs at convenient locations throughout the City.  Visit Med-Project and the California Drug Take-Back Program for locations.

Organics Recycling

Senate Bill 1383 is a California bill aimed at reducing methane emissions through the increased recycling of organic waste. The regulations require a 50% reduction statewide in the disposal of organic waste by 2020 and a 75% reduction by 2025. Additionally, SB 1383 mandates that 20% of currently disposed edible food be recovered for human consumption by 2025.
There are two key pieces to this bill:

  • Organic waste reduction and diversion
  • Edible food recovery

All businesses that create organic waste, including food scraps, and green waste, will be required to recycle organic waste starting in 2022. Some will also be required to recover food for donation. Businesses that must develop food donation programs include the following:

Tier 1
(Starting January 1, 2022)
– Supermarkets
– Grocery Stores with Facilities ≥ 10,000 sq. ft.
– Food Service Providers
– Food Distributors
– Wholesale Food Vendors

Tier 2
(Starting January 1, 2024)
– Restaurants with Facilities ≥ 5,000 sq. ft. or 250+ seats
– Hotels with an On-Site Food Facility and 200+ Rooms
– Health Facilities with an On-Site Food Facility and 100+ Beds
– Large Venues and Events
– State Agency Cafeterias with Facilities ≥ 5,000 sq. ft. or 250+ seats
– Local Education Agency with an On-Site Food Facility
– Non-Local Entities

Why are organics recycling programs important? When organic waste enters the landfill, it emits methane gas. Methane gas is a potent greenhouse gas, and is known as a short-lived climate pollutant (SLCP). With the implementation of these new regulations, all organic waste generators will be required to prevent, reduce the generation of, and recycle organic waste.

Business Outreach Materials

Home-generated sharps, or simply “sharps”, are needles, syringes with needles, and disposable lancets like the type diabetics use to test their insulin levels. These items should be disposed of in an approved container made of rigid, thick-walled plastic. The containers should be clearly marked with a biohazards label. Please download this helpful Sharps brochure for more information.

E.J. Harrison & Sons now provide free, postage-paid mail-back containers for home-generated sharps. To order a container, simply call E.J. Harrison & Sons at 805-647-1414. If you are located outside of City limits, contact your waste hauler for more information.

Food Recovery

SB 1383 Edible Food Recovery
Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383) is a bill designed to keep organics out of the landfill. Part of this bill includes reducing edible food that goes to waste, and feeding hungry people. SB 1383 states that edible food waste generators must donate surplus food to food recovery organizations. Edible food waste generators are separated into two tiers, Tier 1 and Tier 2. Tier 1 generators must donate starting January 1, 2022, and Tier 2 generators must donate beginning January 1, 2024.

There are two requirements for edible food donors:
Establishing Contracts and Written Agreements with Food Recovery Organizations and Services
To ensure that the maximum amount of edible food is recovered, the regulations require that mandated food donors establish contracts or written agreements with food recovery organizations and services. Food recovery organizations and services vary in the amount and types of food they can receive, so mandated food donors may need to establish contracts or written agreements with multiple food recovery organizations and services to be in compliance.

Click here for a list of current food recovery facilities.
The law requires mandated food donors to maintain records on-site of their food donation activities. Jurisdictions will monitor compliance by requesting the following types of records:

• Contract or written agreement for food recovery organizations and services
• Schedules for food donation deliveries or collections
• Quantity of food donated in pounds per month
• Types of food each food recovery organization will receive or collect

We want to help! If you’d like to start donating food from your business, please email

Street Sweeping

The City has a robust street sweeping program, with all publicly owned streets swept on a monthly basis. The downtown commercials district and other areas identified are swept every Tuesday. For the complete schedule, please view our street sweeping maps.


Sustainability and Environment Division

Resource Conservation (Energy) Program

The Resource Conservation (Energy) Program includes renewable energy development, energy efficiency, and strategic energy planning. The City of Carpinteria is committed to providing equitable, clean resilient power to the community.

On July 8, 2019, the City adopted the City of Carpinteria Strategic Energy Plan (Resolution No. 5908) This plan serves as a clean energy roadmap the assist in developing current and future programs and projects.

In 2019, the City of Carpinteria received the Platinum Level Beacon Spotlight Award in Agency Energy Savings from the Institute for Local Government for attaining 36-percent energy savings.  To learn more about the Beacon Spotlight Award and the Institute for Local Government, click here.

Community Choice Energy

Community Choice Energy (CCE), also referred to as Community Choice Aggregation, enables local governments to leverage the purchasing power of their residents, businesses, and governmental entities to purchase or generate power for their communities. By allowing local governments to pool the electricity demand of their communities,  CCE’s can offer power with higher renewable content and lower greenhouse gas emissions while also offering more choices at competitive prices to traditional utilities.

In December 2019, the City of Carpinteria formally joined Central Coast Community Energy (CCCE), a not-for-profit agency established by local communities to source carbon-free electricity. Community enrollment began in October of 2021, with all customers enrolled by the winter of 2022.

For information on new programs such as Electrify Your Ride and other information related to CCCE, please visit their website.

Strategic Energy Plan

Due to its location at the end of the distribution lines for Southern California Edison (SCE), the City of Carpinteria and surrounding communities have experienced grid reliability and resiliency challenges. To bolster the dependability of the local electrical grid and meet local clean energy and economic development goals, the City worked with the County of Santa Barbara and City of Goleta to develop a regional strategic energy plan. The City of Santa Barbara created a similar strategic energy plan, and the south coast agencies held regional workshops to develop comprehensive plans to address the region’s energy needs.

The City Council formally adopted the City of Carpinteria Strategic Energy Plan (SEP) in July 2019.

Implementation of the  SEP includes encouraging energy efficiency and renewable energy through incentives, grant funding, and education. The City recently developed the Energy Efficiency Guide for Residents, which offers tips to reduce energy consumption and save money, as well as information about financial assistance programs.

Solid Waste Program

The Solid Waste Program covers all aspects of solid waste collection and disposal. Programs include electronic waste recycling; hazardous waste disposal events; regular trash, recycling, and organics disposal; and street sweeping. For more information please visit the Solid Waste Program page.

Watershed Management Program

The Watershed Management Program includes education programs and field inspections, as well as construction project management and development review as it relates to surface water quality.

Activities include public outreach and education of water quality; tracking of illegal discharges of materials into the storm drain system and local waterways; water quality testing at storm drain inlets or discharge areas; implementation and enforcement of best management practices (BMPs) for development, redevelopment, and City operations; regional coordination; and the overall stewardship of local watersheds by regulating storm water runoff into creeks and the Carpinteria Salt Marsh.

Construction Activities

Development projects must prevent sediment and other construction related pollutants from entering the storm drain, as detailed in Carpinteria Municipal Code Chapter 8.10, Watershed Management. The City regulates discharges from construction activities through permits issued by the Community Development Department and through Engineering Permits.

New and Redevelopment

New and redevelopment projects in the City of Carpinteria must be designed to prevent water quality impacts from occurring, not just during construction, but throughout the life of the project.

City staff review project applications to determine mitigating conditions consistent with requirements in Section E.12 of the Statewide NPDES Municipal General Permit  and, for projects located in the NPDES Permit Area, the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board’s Post-Construction Stormwater Management Requirements.

All regulated projects shall follow the Santa Barbara County Stormwater Technical Guide

The Stormwater Technical Guide explains how to design bioretention for development projects.  Bioretention is the recommended solution for addressing the County’s stormwater requirements.  Additional resources including bioretention construction specifications, plant selection, and a vendor list, can be found on the Central Coast Low Impact Development Initiative  website.

An example Stormwater Control Plan for a commercial project is here; an example Stormwater Control Plan for a residential subdivision is here .