Reuse and Recycle. To find a comprehensive list of innovative environmental
solutions for all types of waste including recycling services and collection
sites, waste prevention tips, Recycling A-Z Guide and
a directory of recycled-content products visit Santa Barbara County’s
Waste Reduction Website: www.lessismore..org.
Actions individuals can take to
OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE PROPERLY, IT’S FREE!
Household substances such as
paint, solvents, pesticides, motor oil, antifreeze, and battery fluid
rank among the most common of wastewater pollutants. Free hazardous waste
collection facilities are available. To find up-to-date information on
disposal sites and community collection events visit www.lessismore.org.
Always use doggie-bags when
walking your pets. Horse and livestock owners must keep corrals clean
and properly dispose of manure so that it does not flow into storm drains
OF MOTOR OIL, PAINT AND CHEMICALS at
a FREE Community Hazardous Waste Collection Site. Never pour chemicals
on the ground or down storm drains.
SEPTIC SYSTEMS PROPERLY.
Pump solids out of septic tanks often and ensure leach fields are working
RUNOFF OF FERTILIZERS AND PESTICIDES.
Try less toxic garden care products and plant native species
that do not require excess amounts of fertilizer and irrigation.
WATER RUNOFF INTO THE SEWER. Runoff
from roofs, gutters and yards should never be diverted to the sewer system.
Excess storm water can overload the POTW (Publically Owned Treatment Works.)
Links to Community Environmental
Groups and Activities
Goleta Sanitary District supports efforts by local governments
and community groups to solve the watershed runoff problem. For further
information, please contact the appropriate Agency:
CREEK AND BEACH PROTECTION
Audobon Society of Santa Barbara
(Wetland Restoration) - 964-1468, Sick or injured birds – 681-1080
Environmental Defense Center (Land use issues) - 963-1622
Surfrider Foundation (Blue Water Task Force) - 899-2583
Santa Barbara Urban Creeks Council (Creek restoration and cleanup) - 962-8260
U.C. Extension California Aquatic Science Education Consortium - http://casec.ucdavis.edu
Save Our Shores Water Quality Hotline - (877) 687-6232 (leave recorded
OF MOTOR OIL OR HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE
Used Oil Hotline – 882-3615
Community Hazardous Waste Collection Center - 882-3602
UCSB - Mesa Road, Building 565
Saturday 9:00-3:00, Sunday 11:00-3:00
This facility is closed during rain and major holidays.
REPORT A SPILL OR POLLUTION
INCIDENT (CREEK OR OCEAN)
Santa Barbara County Environmental Health 681-4900
Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Coast Region – 549-3147
California Department of Fish and Game Tip Line (CAL TIP) – (888)
SEPTIC OR GRAY WATER SYSTEM MAINTENANCE
County Environmental Health - 681-4900
BEACH CLOSURES AND RESULTS OF WEEKLY OCEAN TESTING
Santa Barbara News Press Listing (Saturday)
Ocean Water Quality Hotline - 681-4949 Website: www.sbcphd.org
HOUSEHOLD PHARMACEUTICAL WASTE DISPOSAL
Unused prescription and over-the-counter medications that are put in drains
or flushed down the toilet pollute the environment, so please take medications
as prescribed and then properly dispose of any unused portions. “Operation
Medicine Cabinet” is a program created by Santa Barbara County’s
Public Works and Sheriff’s Departments and provides secure one-stop
drug disposal 24/7 at nine drop boxes located at Sheriff’s offices
throughout the County; three are located in the District and provide safe
and convenient medication disposal:
7042 Market Place Drive, Goleta – 681-4100
4434 Calle Real, Santa Barbara – 681-4100
6504 Trigo Road, Isla Vista – 681-4179
For more information about
the safe disposal of household medications visit: www.lessismore.org.