Another Beautify Goleta Success

Almost 700 Pounds of Trash Picked Up

The City of Goleta held its second city-wide Beautify Goleta community cleanup on Saturday, May 21 and are excited to share the results with the community. We are grateful for the seventy-five volunteers who took time out of their Saturday and collected 673 pounds of trash! That’s 673 pounds of trash that will no longer pollute our neighborhoods, creeks and ocean. Volunteers were spread out among four locations: Dos Pueblos/El Encanto, South Old Town, Marketplace, and Jonny D. Wallis Neighborhood Park. The Dos Pueblos/El Encanto location was also the Neighborhood Spotlight, and collected 2,900 pounds of furniture, mattresses, and other items as part of the Bulky Item Drop-Off.

We are so thankful and proud of our volunteers and neighborhood captains for taking the time and energy to participate in this event. A special thank you to Goleta Evening Rotary Club and Santa Barbara Habitat for Humanity for hosting their spotlight volunteer groups! Additionally, thank you to Big Green and MarBorg for their continuing support of Beautify Goleta events, and to Dos Pueblos High School for the use of its upper parking lot.

By the Numbers:

  • 673 pounds of trash collected
  • 2,900 pounds of bulky items collected
  • 3,573 pounds of total waste collected
  • 2,512 pounds of total waste recycled (70%)

Neighborhood Spotlight – Dos Pueblos/El Encanto:
Twenty volunteers, including the Goleta Evening Rotary Club spotlight volunteer group, picked up a total of 141 pounds of trash from the Dos Pueblos/El Encanto neighborhood area! Plus, an additional 2,900 pounds of bulky item waste was dropped off by nearby residents – that’s 3,041 pounds of total trash collected for this site! Thank you to Goleta Evening Rotary Club for supplying coffee and pastries for volunteers. Also, thank you Cheryl Washburn-Lander for being our returning spotlight captain!

South Old Town:
Old Town is a popular volunteer cleanup spot, and May 21st was no exception. Thirty-two volunteers, including Santa Barbara Habitat for Humanity, Goleta Presbyterian Church, the Winslowe community, and fellow residents picked up a total of 412 pounds of trash! Thank you to Zoe Atkins of Santa Barbara Habitat for Humanity, and Katie Pazan of Goleta Presbyterian Church for leading this cleanup effort with such an amazing turnout.

This location was brand new for our May 2022 event. A total of 15 volunteers met at the Phelps Road parking lot to clean areas around the Marketplace neighborhood. In just two hours, they were able to collect 71 pounds of trash! Thank you to Jennifer Smith for leading this effort and providing pastries for her volunteers.

Adopt-A-Park at Jonny D. Wallis Neighborhood Park:
The City of Goleta’s recently launched Adopt-A-Park program held its monthly cleanup at Jonny D. Wallis Neighborhood Park on the same day as Beautify Goleta – this was the perfect opportunity to join forces! Three Beautify Goleta volunteers joined five Goleta Noontime Rotary members to pick up trash, clean benches, and sweep up Jonny D. Wallis Neighborhood Park. In total, 49 pounds of trash were removed from the park.

Thank you again to all the volunteers who came out on Saturday to help Beautify Goleta. If you were not able to be part of this event, you can still join our next event on July 30th by signing up here. For more information on the program, please visit