Holiday Trash & Recycling Guide
Source: City of Santa Barbara
Holiday Waste Reduction Tips
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, the amount of household waste generated across the country between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is 25% higher than any other time of year. That’s 25% more trash being sent to the landfill and the EPA estimates that 80% of the extra waste could be re-purposed or recycled instead. In the spirit of celebrating more sustainably, we’ve put together a few tips to help you reduce your environmental impact this Holiday Season!
Are you Recycling Right?
As consumers of goods and then creators of waste, we are all responsible for knowing what is and isn’t recyclable in our local system. Recycling markets over the last year have changed and those changes directly impact what we can accept and recycle locally.
For instance, paper and plastic containers that previously held food are no longer recyclable in our curbside blue bin.
However, these items make up less than 2% of our blue bin materials by weight and are typically the biggest cause of food and water contamination. The other 98% of recyclable materials are all plastic bottles/jugs, dry paper and cardboard, clean glass, and all metals.
Everything about what is and isn’t recyclable is always up-to-date and available on our website. Find out if you're recycling right: www.SBrecycles.org
Modified Holiday Service & Extra Collection
Residential and Commercial pickups during Dec. 25-27 & Jan. 1-3 will be delayed by one day.
We're making it easy to get rid of all the extra stuff left after the big parties are thrown, meals are eaten, presents are open, and trees are decorated.
This Holiday Season, Don't Clog with FOG
Pouring fats, oils, and grease (FOG) down the drain or garbage disposal creates obstructions in underground pipes and creates serious problems like blockage and sewer overflows. When washed down the sink, FOG can stick to the inside of sewer pipes (both on your property and under the streets). This holiday season, dispose of fats, oils, and grease properly using the tips on this page.