Sustainability and Environment Division

Energy Program

The Energy Program provides for renewable energy development, energy efficiency, and strategic energy planning. The City of Carpinteria is committed to providing equitable, clean resilient power to the community. The Energy Program includes the implementation of community choice energy, strategic energy planning, and energy efficiency for residents and businesses.

Community Choice Energy

Community Choice Energy (CCE), also referred to as Community Choice Aggregation, enables local governments to leverage the purchasing power of their residents, businesses, and governmental entities to purchase or generate power for their communities. By allowing local governments to pool the electricity demand of their communities,  CCE’s can offer power with higher renewable content and lower greenhouse gas emissions while also offering more choices at competitive prices to traditional utilities.

In December 2019, the City of Carpinteria formally joined Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP), a not-for-profit agency established by local communities to source carbon-free electricity. To learn more about Community Choice Energy, click here.

Strategic Energy Plan

Due to its location at the end of the distribution lines for Southern California Edison (SCE), the City of Carpinteria and surrounding communities have experienced grid reliability and resiliency challenges. To bolster the dependability of the local electrical grid and meet local clean energy and economic development goals, the City worked with the County of Santa Barbara and City of Goleta to develop a regional strategic energy plan. The City of Santa Barbara created a similar strategic energy plan, and the south coast agencies held regional workshops to develop comprehensive plans to address the region’s energy needs.

The City Council formally adopted the City of Carpinteria Strategic Energy Plan (SEP) in July 2019.

Implementation of the  SEP includes encouraging energy efficiency and renewable energy through incentives, grant funding, and education. The City recently developed the Energy Efficiency Guide for Residents, which offers tips to reduce energy consumption and save money, as well as information about financial assistance programs.

Solid Waste Program

Annual Household Goods and Hazardous Waste Day Rescheduled!

The 2020 annual Household Goods and Hazardous Waste Day has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 12, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m at 5775 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria CA 93013.

Collection Event COVID-19 Guidelines

For questions please contact (805) 880-3415,

The Solid Waste Program provides for solid waste collection including handling, disposal, and recycling operations; and street sweeping. The City contracts with E.J. Harrison and Sons, Inc. to provide the solid waste collection. The program also provides for the operation of the ABOP collection center, and the Annual Household Hazardous Waste and Household Goods collection event.

The Solid Waste Program is funded by Assembly Bill (AB) 939 fees which are collected by E. J. Harrison and Sons, Inc. and remitted to the City as part of the contract. The cost of the program is also offset with the Oil Payment Program Funds from the California Department of Resource, Recovery and Recycling (CalRecycle).

ABOP Collection:

The ABOP (antifreeze, batteries, oil, paint) collection center is open the second and fourth Saturdays of the month between the times of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The months of November and December are only the second Saturday of the month between the times of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The collection center is located at the west end of the City Hall campus, 5775 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria CA, 93013.

WHAT WE ACCEPT: Antifreeze*, batteries, oil*, used oil filters, latex and oil based paints*, small household electronics (max 3 per household), mercury based thermostats and florescent light bulbs and tubes. PLEASE KEEPS ITEMS SEPARATE.

*5 gallon per-visit liquid maximum

For more information on what paint items we accept, please visit

ABOP Collection Center COVID-19 Guidelines

Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection:

The City’s solid waste contractor does not provide for the collection of household hazardous waste. The City independently procures a contractor with a Hazardous Substance Removal Certification as licensed by the Contractors State License Board for the collection of the household hazardous waste. The Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection event is held at the Public Works Yard. The event is funded by AB 939 fees.

The Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection event is conducted on the second Saturday in April between the times of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Annual Household Goods Collection:

The Annual Household Goods Collection event is conducted concurrently and at the same location as the Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection event. The City’s solid waste contractor provides for the collection of various non-hazardous household goods including E-Waste and bulky items. The event is funded by AB 939 fees.

The Annual Household Goods Collection event is conducted on the second Saturday in April between the times of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The City will be rescheduling the 2019 collection event for the fall of 2020. 

Medication/Pharmaceutical Disposal

Please do not flush medications! It is important that medications are properly disposed of. Wastewater treatment facilities are not able to remove many of the chemicals that make up pharmaceutical products. If released into water bodies, these pharmaceutical byproducts can adversely impact wildlife and the environment. Currently there are two programs that operate take-back programs at convenient locations throughout the City.  Visit Med-Project and the California Drug Take-Back Program for locations.

Sharps Disposal

Home-generated sharps, or simply “sharps”, are needles, syringes with needles, and disposable lancets like the type diabetics use to test their insulin levels. These items should be disposed of in an approved container made of rigid, thick-walled plastic. The containers should be clearly marked with a biohazards label. Please download this helpful Sharps brochure for more information.

E.J. Harrison & Sons now provide free, postage-paid mail-back containers for home-generated sharps. To order a container, simply call E.J. Harrison & Sons at 805-647-1414. If you are located outside of City limits, contact your waste hauler for more information.

Beverage Container Recycling Center

The recycling center located behind Albertson’s supermarket in Casitas Plaza will reopen on Monday, July 20 and begin accepting beverage containers eligible for redemption. The center will be operated by Ponce Recycling, and open hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Customers will be paid for glass, aluminum and plastic beverage containers labeled for California redemption.


Watershed Management Program

The Watershed Management Program provides for the public outreach and education of storm water quality; tracking of illicit discharges; water quality testing at storm drain outfalls or discharge areas; implementation and enforcement of storm water quality best management practices (BMPs) for development, redevelopment, and City operations; regional coordination; and the overall stewardship of local watersheds by regulating storm water runoff into creeks and salt marsh. The program was created in response to a need to comply with the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II Small Municipal Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit.