City of Santa Maria, California
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City of Santa Maria, California, Solid Waste Services, Utilities Department

Trash collection is a mandatory service in Santa Maria. You may start all your City services simultaneously by visiting (a signature is required) the Santa Maria Department of Administrative Services at City Hall, 110 East Cook Street, Room 6.

Starting and Discontinuing Service

The City of Santa Maria Utilities Department picks up trash at residential addresses one time a week. Please have your containers at the curb before 6:30 a.m. on your collection day. Recycling containers are serviced every other week, opposite of your green waste collection week. Recycling containers have blue lids, and green waste containers have brown lids. Recycling and green waste will never be serviced in the same week. If you are not sure of your trash day, recycle week, or green waste week, contact the City of Santa Maria by telephone at extension 7270 or by e-mailing us utilizing the Send A Message button at the top of this screen and providing us with your location.


Residents may call the Utilities Department at 925-0951 ext. 7270 for information about which week their service falls on.

2014 Collection Schedule
(English and Spanish)

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photo for recycle Oil brochurephoto of people recycling their oil
Click photo graphic above for brochure in English.
Haga clic en la foto siguiente gráfico para el folleto en Español.
photo for recycle Oil brochurephoto of people recycling their oil

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Curbside recycle collection is a voluntary, no-charge service in Santa Maria. You may start your recycling curbside service when you start your trash service. Or, if you are already a trash customer, you may start recycling by calling extension 7270 or by utilizing the Send A Message button at the top of this screen.

Please have your recycle (blue-lid) container at the curb before 6:30 a.m. on your recycle day. Schedule is based on your trash collection day - every other week. To confirm your recycling schedule, you may request the schedule by clicking on the "Send A Message" button at the top of this page.


Listen to our 30-second recycling commercial!

More than 94 percent of Santa Maria residents are now participating in the City's state-of-the-art curbside recycling program - and City officials hope to increase that number to 100 percent.

There is no additional charge for recycling services within the City of Santa Maria and by recycling household items, customers can reduce their utility bills up to $3.25 each month. That's because when you divert recyclables to your free recycling container, you reduce the need for space in your waste container. This can result in downsizing your waste container from a 90-gallon size to a more cost-effective 60-gallon size.

Follow these simple steps to cost savings and a cleaner community:

  1. Call today to request recycling services at 925-0951, ext. 7270. A recycling container will be delivered to you within 48 hours. It will be collected every other week on the same day as your normal waste collection service.

  2. Put all of your household recyclables in the recycle container.

  3. Rinse out cans and bottles before recycling.

  4. Place materials loosely in your recycling container.

  5. On collection day, place the recycling container at the curb. Allow approximately three feet of clearance between your waste and recycling containers.

Here's what to recycle:

  • Cardboard boxes -dry and fairly clean
  • Telephone books
  • Paper grocery bags
  • Chip board, (cereal and cracker boxes, paper six-pack holders, and similar items)
  • Paper, including colored inserts
  • Unwanted mail, including catalogs and magazines
  • Metals, including aluminum, steel, and tin food and beverage cans
  • Glass, including clear, green and brown bottles, and jars
  • Plastics CRV 1 through 7 (except Styrofoam)
  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Logo for Plastic Bag Recycling
    Listen to the 30-second New in the Blue radio commercial.
The following items cannot be recycled and should not be placed in your home recycling container:
  • Garbage or yard waste or clippings
  • Waxed cardboard juice boxes,
    milk cartons, waxed paper liners
  • Ceramic or ovenware dishes
  • Clothing or fabrics
  • Wood
  • Furniture
  • Styrofoam, including packing pellets and larger pieces

Please remember, contamination of a recycling container results in extra services to haul away as trash. Therefore, you may be billed as an extra haul.

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Textile Reuse Program Helps the Community and the City Landfill

Every year Santa Barbara County residents throw away more than 11 million pounds of usable clothing and household textiles into very limited local landfill space.
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Through a grant funded by the California Integrated Waste Management Board, the City of Santa Maria and its partner, Textile Waste Solutions, Inc., provide a solution for the community to significantly reduce textile waste. Used clothing that would otherwise be discarded at the Santa Maria Regional Landfill is diverted through a collaborative effort with local non-profit organizations and thrift stores.

Clothing, bedding, belts, shoes, towels, and soft toys - virtually anything made from fabric - can get a second lease on life. They can be reused for people in need within the community. Textile recycling companies around the country work closely with thrift stores and charitable institutions to find new homes and uses for old clothing and fabric items that cannot be sold, freeing up clothing for those less fortunate.

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Through collaboration between the City of Santa Maria, Textile Waste Solutions, and local thrift stores, the community has significantly reduced the volume of textiles that would otherwise have ended up in the landfill. The City staff wants to achieve increased textile diversion and inspire neighboring communities to do the same.

Every bit of clothing counts! Clothing with missing buttons, zippers, and holes can be reused for rags that are sold to help pay local workers and to fund the expense of transporting usable clothing. Donate to local thrift stores or bring used clothing to the Utilities Department drop site at the landfill. For more information, call the City of Santa Maria Utilities Department at 925-0951, ext. 7270.

Funding provided by a Grant from the California Integrated Waste Management Board. Zero Waste - You Make It Happen!"

City of Santa Maria Used Clothing Donation Drop Sites

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Do you have common household hazardous wastes that need to be disposed of?

Not sure what is toxic? Call and our friendly staff will assist you at 925-0951, ext. 7270.

Listen to Hazardous Waste Public Service Announcement

Residents may simply bring their unwanted waste to the facility, located at the Landfill, 2065 E. Main Street. Upon arrival, they'll see 5,000-square-foot metal canopy providing cover, where trained Utilities staff will help unload their household hazardous waste. Load limits are five gallons or 50 pounds.

The Utilities Department has constructed an expanded Household Hazardous Waste Facility with a 5,000-square-foot metal canopy cover to ensure proper coverage of all disposed waste. The expansion also includes lighting modifications and asphalt paving. This expansion results in a convenient, all-weather location for disposal of common household hazardous materials to better serve the community.

The facility is open every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


What are Household Hazardous Wastes?
Household Hazardous Wastes are materials commonly used in and around residential households that contain harmful toxic substances.

Some examples:
Paints and paint thinners, pesticides, oil and fuel additives, starter fluids, photo processing chemicals, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, computers, and more. Batteries accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility include AAA, AA, C, D, button cell, 9-volt, and all others, both rechargeable and single use. This also includes lead-acid batteries such as car batteries and lithium batteries. For a comprehensive list of Household Hazardous Wastes, see California Integrated Waste Management Board’s list of Wastes Banned from the Trash.

Why is it important to keep Household Hazardous Wastes out of landfills?
State law mandates it is illegal for landfills to accept Household Hazardous Wastes. It is crucial that we keep these toxins out of our landfills where they can affect water quality and protect our environment.

What else can you do?
In order to reduce the amount of waste needing special treatment, try to only purchase what you really need! To find the motor oil donation center nearest to you, call the County of Santa Barbara at (805) 882-3615.


With a $200,000 grant from the California Integrated Waste Management Board and additional funds provided by the City of Santa Maria, the Department of Utilities has been able to extend facility hours and revamp the former facility.

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Click here for information on the Non-Hazardous Hydrocarbon Impacted Soil Program.

Click here for the Fact Sheet and Answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Click here for Independent Review of Landfill and NHIS Program.

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The City landfill is located at 2065 East Main Street, and is open seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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Closure: 46%
The City is required by State and Federal government to seal off completed portions of the landfill with layers of clay to prevent infiltration by rainfall. The closed landfill must be maintained for 30 years thereafter.

Environmental: 19%
This money goes to comply with County, State and Federal regulations dealing with air and ground water quality.

Operations: 35%
This money goes to pay for labor, equipment, and materials used in the operations of the landfill.
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Costs are included in your garbage collection rates. Sweeping schedule is based on your garbage day. Street sweeping is actually performed every other week on the week day following your regular refuse collection day. There is no scheduled street sweeping on Saturday or Sunday.
Street Sweeping Calendar
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Recycling Calendars are available in English or Spanish.

E-mail with your name, address and trash collection day. The appropriate calendar will be mailed to you.
Please indicate English or Spanish version.
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