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 https://www.paintcare.org/

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, erinm@ci.carpinteria.ca.us for questions about this facility.

Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection:

The City operates a once a year free hazardous waste collection event for the residents of Carpinteria. The Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection event is held at City Hall and operated as a drive through drop off in the City’s Public Works Yard. Most items are accepted at this yearly event. The following items are NOT accepted: biohazards, nuclear waste, explosives, and tires.

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 Household Goods and Hazardous Waste Day is currently scheduled for Saturday, April 8, 2023. 

For hazardous waste disposal the rest of the year, you can look up approved hazardous waste haulers at Less is More, or find information on recycling specific items here.

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 partners with the solid waste contractor, E.J. Harrison & Sons, Inc, to provide this free collection event for the residents of Carpinteria. Most items non-hazardous household items, including electronics and appliances, are accepted. Tires are NOT accepted at this event.

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 Household Goods and Hazardous Waste Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 8, 2023.

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. The City of Carpinteria has partnered with other local agencies to implement the Santa Barbara County Regional SB 1383 Food Recovery Plan.

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.

Recordkeeping
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 erinm@ci.carpinteria.ca.us.

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.

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