Household Hazardous Waste and the Goleta Recycling Center

Looking for a convenient and eco-friendly way to recycle some of your household hazardous waste? Look no further than MarBorg’s Goleta Recycling Center. This facility offers a variety of services and programs that allow you to dispose of items such as antifreeze, batteries, oil, paint (both oil and water-based), fluorescent light bulbs, and electronic waste (E-waste). Remember that these items are considered hazardous waste and should not be put in your general trash disposal. Instead, recycle them the safe way for free! Recycling these items properly not only keeps our community and watersheds clean, but also reduces the environmental impact of waste. 

Zero Waste is a philosophy and goal that aims to reduce the amount of trash generated in our society. It involves designing products with their entire lifecycle in mind, and creating a loop where waste from one product is used as a resource for another. The ultimate goal is to redirect as much waste from landfills as possible, with a 90% reduction seen as a reasonable goal. To achieve this goal, individuals can follow The Five R’s of Zero Waste, which prioritize refusing and reducing waste over recycling and composting. 

In addition to hazardous waste, the Goleta Recycling Center also offers the CRV (California Refund Value) program, which pays you when you recycle beverage containers. This eco-friendly program accepts plastic beverage containers marked with CRV (with all caps removed), aluminum bi-metal, and glass. The minimum refund value for eligible beverage containers is 5 cents for each container under 24 ounces and 10 cents for each container 24 ounces or larger. 

The Goleta Recycling Center is located at 20 David Love Place and open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For added convenience, they also offer a 24-hour free drop-off program for items such as aluminum cans, glass (no plate or window), newspaper, cardboard, magazines, office paper, scrap metals, tin cans, and plastic bottles that held a liquid (with the cap removed). This program is available to all Goleta residents. 

The Goleta Recycling Center service facility that provides an easy and effective way to dispose of your waste in the most environmentally-friendly way possible. If you have other hazardous waste items, the Community Household Hazardous Waste Center at UCSB can help ( Be sure to take advantage of these free programs and dispose of your waste properly. For more information, call (805) 963-1852.