Residential Recycle Services

Residential Recycle Services

What’s going on with our Recycling?

There has been a significant amount of national news coverage about recent changes in the recycling industry and how that is affecting communities like ours. Most of these changes have to do with China establishing new environmental standards for the materials they have been importing from the United States, and this has affected recyclables. These changes have had a significant impact on what we now put in our blue recycling containers. If you are not sure what goes where find it on the list below or call, if you are still unsure please contact our office and we’ll do our best to answer it.

Residential Recycling Service

MarBorg offers the option of curbside pick-up with free, easy to maneuver wheeled carts, as well as backyard collection cans. Curbside wheeled carts are available in 96, 65, and 35 gallon sizes. Backyard cans are available in 32 gallon size, within the City of Santa Barbara ONLY. Recycling service is unlimited in most areas.

Residential Recycle Services
Backyard Recycling Can
Backyard Recycling Can

What can I put in my Recycling Container?


  • Metal Food & Beverage Cans
  • Clean Aluminum Foil and Pie Plates
  • Empty Aerosol Cans
  • Pots, Pans and other metal objects
  • #1 PET or PETE Plastic Bottles ONLY (used for soda, juice, water, etc)
  • #2 HDPE Plastic Bottles & Jugs (used for milk, soap, shampoo, etc)
  • #5 PP Plastic Rigid Containers that are gallon-sized or larger
  • Glass Bottles and Jars
  • Newspaper
  • Corrugated Cardboard (Amazon boxes, moving boxes , etc)
  • Mixed paper, Magazines, Chipboard, Paperboard and Paperback Books
  • Junk Mail
  • More info from City of Santa Barbara
  • More info from County of Santa Barbara

All recyclables should be empty of all food and liquids, clean, & dry.



  • Plastic bags and other film plastics that easily crumple in your hands.
  • Plastic Straws
  • Plastic Drinking Glasses
  • Styrofoam or Peanut Packing Material
  • Electronics
  • Batteries
  • Oil Filters
  • Other forms of #1 & #2 plastic containers like clamshell containers or food to go containers.
  • #3 PVC
  • #4 LDPE
  • #6 PS
  • #7 Other
  • Pizza Boxes
  • Cartons with a waxy coating like ice cream or milk containers.
  • Paper towels, coffee cups, plastic cups and paper plates
  • Molded Pulp Egg Cartons or Packaging
  • Aseptic & Tetra Pak Containers
  • Mirror Glass
  • Window Glass
  • Pyrex or Oven Glass
  • Wine and Drinking Glass
  • Light Bulbs (Incandescent light bulbs go in the brown bin and fluorescents, CFL’s, LED’s and HID bulbs contain mercury and must be disposed of as hazardous waste)

Click here for information on MarBorg and municipal recycling facilities.

Pick-Up Hours:

For curbside pick-up service, please place wheeled carts to the curb no later than 6:00am on collection day.