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).
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
For more information on what paint items we accept, please visit https://www.paintcare.org/
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.
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.
Beverage Container Recycling Center
The recycling center located behind Albertson’s supermarket in Casitas Plaza will reopen on Monday, July 20 and begin accepting beverage containers eligible for redemption. The center will be 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.
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.
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:
(Starting January 1, 2022)
– Grocery Stores with Facilities ≥ 10,000 sq. ft.
– Food Service Providers
– Food Distributors
– Wholesale Food Vendors
(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
- Commercial Organics Recycling Survey/Exemption
- Commercial Recycling/Organics Program Waiver Request
- Third Party Reporting Form
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.
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.
idential streets swept monthly and all commercial streets swept weekly.