Resource Conservation through Recycling

Solvang Resource Conservation

The City supports and encourages Reduce, Reuse and Recycling of all materials. In cooperation and coordination with the County of Santa Barbara, various programs are available. Additional information can be found at the Less is More website.

Green Business Program of Santa Barbara County: 

We provide resources and assistance to businesses wanting to be green, certify businesses through workshops and trainings, provide on-site visits and evaluation, and highlight Certified Businesses so that local consumers can shop green. Through this program, you will learn how to conserve, water, energy and waste. To learn more, click here!

What is composting?

Composting is just another form of recycling. When you compost, you're tapping into the natural nutrient cycle. In nature, organic waste from plants and animals is recycled by decomposition. Composting is controlling that decomposition to speed it up and produce a stable and odorless material for plants to use.

Composting your kitchen scraps and yard waste at home can help divert material from your local landfill and provide a good quality product for use in your yard and garden. Home composting is both fun and easy to do, and does not require large investments of time, money, or effort to be successful. 

Download the ABC's of Composting.

Recycling

Resource Conservation through Recycling

The City supports and encourages Reduce, Reuse and Recycling of all materials. In cooperation and coordination with the County of Santa Barbara, various programs are available. Additional information can be found at the Less is More website.
See more at: Waste Management

Santa Barbara Regional Recycling Market Development Zone

The City of Solvang has joined the Santa Barbara Regional Recycling Market Development Zone (SBRRMDZ), which would benefit the local business community and has been working with the Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division (RRWMD) of the County Public Works Department in this regard.

The RMDZ program combines economic development with solid waste recycling by offering low-interest loans and other forms of assistance to manufacturers that use recycled materials to make new products or as a source for other companies to make new products. It fosters markets for recycled materials, helps divert materials from being disposed in local landfills, helps startup businesses and existing businesses expand, and creates jobs. Renewing the designation for the SBRRMDZ will enable the SBRRMDZ to continue offering these incentives to manufacturers in its member jurisdictions.

The State established the RMDZ program to offer incentives to manufacturers in a RMDZ that use:

  • Recycled materials to make new products; or
  • Prevent or reduce their manufacturing waste; or
  • Add value to a finished product for reuse by reconditioning, reprocessing, repairing, washing, or manufacturing.

Under the RMDZ program, up to $2 million may be borrowed (up to $1 million for property acquisition) or 75 percent of a project’s costs, whichever is less. CalRecycle establishes the fixed interest rate every six months, and the rate may not be lower than four percent. The maximum loan term is 10 years, or 15 years if secured by commercial real estate.  Projects in the categories of waste prevention, reuse, and recycling/composting/anaerobic digestion are eligible.

The loan funds may be used for:

  • Purchasing machinery or equipment;
  • Acquiring property;
  • Making property improvements (at least 25 percent of the costs have to be used for sustainable building products and services); and
  • Providing working capital

Manufacturers participating in the program can also receive other types of assistance from member jurisdictions, as well as CalRecycle.

More Information: Santa Barbara County RMDZ:Region Detail