Paper (TEST)

Corrugated Cardboard

Recycling

Must be clean, dry, and free of packing tape/packing materials. Boxes must be flattened.

Computer and Office Paper

Recycling

Must be clean & dry. Colored paper is OK.

Books

*Requires Extra Step Before Recycling*

Only the pages of paperback and hardcover books can be recycled, so please remove the covers and spines before recycling the pages. The covers of paperback and hardcover books are not recyclable, so they need to go in the trash.

Paper Bags

Recycling

Must be clean & dry.

Empty Toilet Paper and Paper Towel Rolls

Recycling

Must be clean & dry.

Cereal Boxes and Other Paper Board

Recycling

Must be empty, clean & dry. Examples include pasta, beer, soda, and tissue boxes, as well as toilet paper and paper towel rolls.

Ice Cream Cartons

Trash

It is extremely difficult to separate the layers of plastic and paper, rendering this item trash.

Milk, Soup, and Juice Cartons

Trash

It is extremely difficult to separate the layers of plastic and paper, rendering this item trash.

Napkins & Paper Towels

Trash

These items are so thin, there is not enough paper pulp to be recycled. Try cloth napkins and towels instead, or post-consumer recycled products. Soiled paper will be sorted from the trash and turned into compost at Santa Barbara County’s ReSource Center.

Empty Pill Bottles

Trash

If the empty pill bottle is smaller than 6″ it should be placed in the trash. If you wish to dispose of unwanted medication, please refer to this page for more information.

Coffee Pods

Trash

Coffee pods or capsules are comprised of multiple types of materials, like plastic and aluminum, so they are nearly impossible to recycle.

CD and DVD Cases

Trash

These plastic cases are not rigid enough for recyclers, and they are often comprised of mixed plastics. Try to donate CDs & DVDs, along with their cases, prior to disposing of them.

Plastic Bags

Trash

Plastic bags and other film plastics (plastic that easily crumples in your hand) are easily contaminated with food and liquid, so they need to go in the trash. Please do NOT use a plastic bag to contain your recyclables! To learn more about Ablitt’s film plastics drop off program, click here.

Snack Wrappers

Trash

Snack wrappers are a type of film plastic (plastic that easily crumples in your hand) that are easily contaminated with food and liquid, so they need to go in the trash. Examples include candy, cookie, and chip wrappers.

Plastic Food Cups/Lids

Trash

These low-grade food plastics have a long history of being contaminated with food and liquid, so they are undesirable for recyclers, regardless of size. If you can’t avoid using this packaging altogether, then try to reuse them before throwing them away. Examples include yogurt, salsa, sour cream, and cream cheese.

Plastic Clam Shells

Trash

These low-grade food plastics have a long history of being contaminated with food and liquid, so they are undesirable for recyclers. If you can’t avoid using this packaging altogether, then try to reuse them before throwing them away.

Styrofoam

Trash or FREE Drop Off

Expanded Polystyrene foam, commonly referred to as Styrofoam, is extremely difficult to recycle from a curbside collection program because it is lightweight and easily breaks apart. Place Styrofoam in your trash unless you are able to drop it off at one of our recycling centers.

Cold Beverage Cups

Trash

These low-grade plastics have a long history of being contaminated with liquid, so they are undesirable for recyclers, regardless of size. Reusable cups are the best option.

"Compostable" or "Biodegradable" Plastic

Trash

Many “compostable” plastics do not break down at The ReSource Center’s anaerobic digester. All “compostable” plastic belongs in your trash.

[Photo credit: “I am not a plastic cup” by aaron.bihari / CC BY-SA]

Plastic Cup Lids

Trash

These lids are too flimsy to be worthwhile for recyclers. Reusable cups are the best option.

Plastic Cutlery

Trash

This cutlery is too small and weak to be worthwhile for recyclers. Switch to reusables, and be sure to keep a reusable travel set for carry out orders on the go.

Tapes

Trash

Tapes are comprised of different types of plastics, so they are nearly impossible to recycle.

PVC Pipes

Trash

PVC pipes can be placed in your trash container as long as they fit inside with the lids closed. Large PVC pipes can be dropped off for a fee at our C&D recycling facility.

Printer Cartridges

*Drop Off at Designated Location*

Printer cartridges are rarely completely empty, so they must be disposed of at a designated drop off location like UCSB Hazardous Waste, Best Buy, Copyright Printing (Goleta), Office Max, Staples, and Walgreen’s (at the photo counter).