The Santa Barbara County Public Works Department will host its April Household Hazardous Waste Event, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, April 3, in Los Olivos. This year’s event is made possible through a partnership with Caltrans and the Clean CA program.

The collection event, at the county’s Santa Ynez Valley Recycling and Transfer Station, 4004 Foxen Canyon Road, is open to residents in the unincorporated area of the county and the city of Solvang.

Participants can drop off common household items, including automotive fluids, cleaners, paint, pesticides and batteries, as well as unwanted electronics like computers and TVs.

Residents can also bring home-generated “sharps,” such as needles and syringes. To protect event staff, please note that sharps must be delivered in rigid, puncture-proof containers. For more details on acceptable materials, visit
Participants are asked to please keep all materials easily accessible in the back of their vehicles (for example, in a car’s trunk or the bed of a truck). This helps keep each visit contact-free.
In addition to one-day collection events, the county offers other ways to recycle hazardous waste. The county’s ABOP facility at the Santa Ynez Valley Recycling and Transfer Station accepts antifreeze, auto batteries, motor oil, oil filters, and latex paint every Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon.

Additionally, county transfer stations accept electronic waste free of charge from residents. Some local cities and private waste management companies also operate household hazardous waste and electronics collection centers.

For more information about the programs, call 805-882-3603 or visit the county’s waste reduction website,