America Recycles Day
updated: Nov 09, 2012, 12:03 PM
Source: County Public Works
In celebration of America Recycles Day on Nov. 15, the Santa Barbara County Public Works Department
encourages residents to bring old, unwanted electronics to one of the County's free and convenient
drop-off sites. Items such as TVs, computers, DVD players, stereos, cell phones, and microwaves can
be recycled at no charge at both the South Coast Recycling and Transfer Station and the Santa Ynez
Valley Recycling and Transfer Station.
The transfer stations provide this free service year round. The South Coast Recycling and Transfer
Station is open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The facility is located at 4430
Calle Real in Santa Barbara between the El Sueño and Turnpike exits off Highway 101.
The Santa Ynez Valley Recycling and Transfer Station is located at 4004 Foxen Canyon Road in Los
Olivos. The facility is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
So far this year, the County has collected over 600,000 pounds of electronics to be recycled. All
collected materials are processed domestically by a certified recycler to ensure the safe and appropriate
handling of the electronics.
Unlike some recycling operations in countries abroad, recyclers in the United States must adhere to
strict regulations that protect workers' health and the environment. Because old electronics contain
potentially hazardous materials - such as lead and mercury - it is important that they be processed
In addition to the County's program, some local cities and private companies operate their own
electronic waste collection programs. Details about all of these programs can be found on the County's
recycling website at www.lessismore.org/ewaste.
America Recycles Day, sponsored by Keep America Beautiful, is an annual event that strives to increase
awareness about recycling. More information can be found on the event website at
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