Free Programs to Reduce Organic Waste
updated: May 05, 2014, 2:00 PM
Source: Public Work Department
The Santa Barbara County Public Works Department supports alternatives to
throwing food scraps and yard waste into the landfill. Sam Dickinson, Program
Specialist with the Department, explains, "Leftover food scraps and plant
materials can be naturally recycled where you live into nutrient-rich compost
for your garden - keeping valuable resources out of the landfill."
Santa Barbara County Public Works Department partners with the Cities of
Solvang, Santa Barbara, and Goleta to provide these opportunities free of
The County provides free workshops for you to learn how to compost where you
Santa Maria Workshop: Saturday, May 10th from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Santa Maria Valley Sustainable Garden, 624 W. Foster Road, Orcutt
Santa Barbara Workshop: Saturday, May 17 th from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
SBCC's Lifescape Garden, East Campus entrance, past the stadium, Santa Barbara
The County offers composting bins for sale at a discount at two convenient
South Coast Recycling and Transfer Station at 4430 Calle Real in Santa Barbara
and at the
North County Public Works Building at 620 West Foster Road in Orcutt.
Learn about Food Forward to stop wasting food
The County has developed a program to help members of the community reduce food
waste by considering purchasing habits, feeding hungry people and animals, and
composting any leftover food. Visit LessIsMore.org/FoodForward for more
Using mulch to save water is especially important during times of drought
Using your green waste recycling bin is another great way to help close the
organics loop. Yard waste materials like grass, leaves, flowers, and other
plants that are discarded into this bin are collected and processed into a mulch
distributed locally to residents and farmers. Returning this mulch to the soil
completes the loop, with many positive impacts for any garden.
As Joey Costa, the County's Mulch Program Coordinator, describes, "The main
benefits of mulching is water conservation and nutrient input." Get free "load
your own" mulch at the South Coast Recycling and Transfer Station in Santa
Barbara. Low cost loading and delivery options are available too. Contact 681-
4981 for more details.
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