Staff Report

The City of Solvang ( and the Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division of the Santa Barbara County Public Works Department ( have officially announced a Sunday, Oct. 11, one-day household hazardous waste collection event. The free Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection Event will run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m, at the Santa Ynez Valley Recycling and Transfer Station located at 4004 Foxen Canyon Road in Los Olivos.

Examples of household hazardous waste which will be accepted at the event, are: automotive fluids (e.g., antifreeze, motor oil, oil filters, etc.), batteries, cleaners, gardening supplies, fluorescent bulbs, medications, needles, paint, pool chemicals, solvents, ionization smoke alarms, etc.

No ammunition, controlled substances, or material that is explosive, biological or radioactive (except for smoke alarms) will be accepted at this event.

Examples of electronics accepted at the event, are: computers, printers, fax machines, TVs, VCRs, DVD and CD players, radios, cellphones, microwaves, etc.

No satellite dishes, refrigerators, stoves or other large appliances will be accepted at the event. Household electronics are also collected for free during the Transfer Station’s normal hours of operation, Tuesday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Oct. 11 event is free for residents in Solvang and unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County; Buellton residents, please contact the City of Buellton at 805-686-0137, for information about the city’s next collection event on Nov. 7. Businesses must call ahead to schedule an appointment; disposal fees apply. Only 15 gallons or 125 lbs. of hazardous waste will be accepted per trip. Needles must be delivered in puncture-proof containers. NO trash or green waste will be accepted during the event.

“We are expecting a big turnout on October 11, due to the cancelation of our April event and all of the decluttering that folks have been doing due to COVID-19,” said Kaitlyn Haberlin, Program Specialist for Santa Barbara County Public Works Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division.

Masks will be required at all times during the event. It is requested that participants please remain in their vehicles at all times, and store waste in the trunk or other easily accessible location. Wait-times may be longer due to added precautions and high number of expected participants.

For more information, please call 805-882-3603, or visit Santa Barbara County’s Recycling Questions related to this announcement, or anything contained within this press release, may be directed to