In the City of Santa Barbara all organic material (foodscraps, paper, etc.) placed in the trash is processed into compost and green energy at the Santa Barbara ReSource Center. Since we have this incredible system, there is no need for a separate residential compost bin. Please continue to discard these organic materials in the trash bin and we've got you covered! You can read more about this process here.
Business Foodscraps Composting Program
Up and running since 2009, Santa Barbara's commercial foodscraps composting program has over 200 participating businesses: coffee shops, restaurants, hotels, schools, plus a few office-based companies and multi-unit apartment buildings.
Did you know that as of January 1, 2017, businesses that generate 4 cubic yards of organic waste per week are mandated to recycle their organic waste? Read about the Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling Law (AB 1826) on CalRecycle's website.