Santa Barbara County's Free Natural Materials Exchange Site
Welcome to Santa Barbara County's Free Natural Materials Exchange website. The County Public Works Department established this site in response to the devastating flooding and mud flows in Montecito earlier this year. We hope this resource will facilitate the sharing of usable materials and limit the amount of debris heading to area landfills. By using this site, homeowners and contractors can connect directly with Montecito residents who have materials on their property that they need to remove.
The listed materials are free of charge. The parties involved in the exchange will determine how the material is transported from one property to another. Please note: This site is only intended for natural materials. Please do not list household items such as appliances, electronics, furniture, or other products used within your home.
For property owners donating or receiving soil, please view the Public Health Department's FAQs regarding soil testing. For questions regarding soil and grading permits, please visit Planning & Development’s Rebuilding Montecito webpage. For requirements related to the importation of material onto your property, please call the Planning & Development Department at 805-568-3030. In addition, Montecito residents needing further guidance regarding options for debris removal from their properties can download a copy of the County's Mud Debris Clean-Up Guidelines. See the "Soil" category page for additional important considerations related to soil exchanges.
Clean fill dirt and various sizes of rocks up to four feet in diameter retrieved in the January 9th debris flow clean-up are available for free on Thursday (April 12), Friday (April 13), and Monday (April 16) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Contractors and community members with dump trucks that are five yards or larger may pick up the rocks and clean fill dirt for landscaping or other purposes across the street from the South Coast Recycling and Transfer Station at 4430 Cathedral Oaks, Santa Barbara, CA 93110.
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