Compost & Recycling Program
Join us for our monthly, community-wide Compost and Recycling Program! Santa Barbara City Trash & Recycling Specialist, Hillary Allen, will tell you everything you need to know about the City's Foodscraps Program, recycling, and waste diversion efforts.


About The Program:
Foodscraps are food and soiled paper sorted from your trash. These materials can be diverted from the landfill and turned into compost.
Sorting out your foodscraps helps the environment in two ways:
1. Diverts material from the landfill. When foodscraps are buried they do not only take up a lot of space, but also produce greenhouse gases as they break down.
2. Foodscraps are turned into compost. Compost is a soil amendment used by local farmers and on public parks and school grounds.
All recycling and compost services are half as expensive as trash service. Replace trash bins with blue, green, or yellow bins to save money on your monthly bill.
Is your business interested in joining the program? Schedule a meeting with a Recycling Specialist today! Call (805) 564-5631 or go to
City Trash & Recycling manages reliable, cost-effective collection of residential and commercial waste. They assist homeowners, renters, and businesses in making the most of a suite of modern waste services available to them. They also negotiate and manage the contract with our city's franchised waste hauler, MarBorg. Their primary focus is on maximizing diversion of solid waste from landfill disposal.
Recycling Specialist, Hillary Allen, is a Santa Barbara native who has been with the City since 2005. She started in the City Administrator’s Office, but eventually moved over to Environmental Services because she loved their mission to reduce waste in the City. Hillary does a little bit of everything in the office, from customer service to foodscraps trainings; but whatever she is working on, her goal is to provide exemplary customer service while doing it. She earned a BA in Art History from UCSB (including schooling in Florence, Italy) and spent some time traveling before settling back in Santa Barbara.