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CEC is committed to creating a more resilient and just region in the face of climate change. Through our work with the Central Coast Climate Justice Network and elsewhere, our vision includes an end to racial injustices and their resulting environmental inequities.

Plastic trash is invading every corner of our planet — impacting our waterways, oceans, soil, and alarmingly, even our air as tiny particles of airborne “dust.” At a time when we are acutely aware of the importance of a healthy body and strong respiratory systems, how can we decrease our dependence on single-use plastic, especially as the fossil fuel industry works to triple its production by 2025?

Circular Economy 101: Closing the Life Cycle Loop

In our November 17 webinar, we got an introduction to a new model – the circular economy – that requires producers to take responsibility, save energy, design waste out of the system, and create a market for re-use.

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Transcript of the webinar

Here are some resources shared during the event that will help you stay engaged

Additional actions you can take:

Getting Real About Plastic and Recycling

In our July 29 webinar, we learned about updates to the Ablitt’s film plastic program and reviewed the dos and don’ts for our blue recycling bins with waste management experts from the City of Santa Barbara and MarBorg.

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Questions & answers from the webinar

Here are some resources shared during the event that will help you stay engaged

  • Review MarBorg Industries’ website for information on how to dispose of anything – and stay tuned for details on how to handle mattresses and bulky items. If you have questions, contact Customer Service at (805) 963-1852 or Sarah Stark at
  • Visit the City of Santa Barbara’s Trash & Recycling website for information on trash and recycling services and waste reduction ordinances. If you have questions, contact Hillary Allen at
  • Check out the County of Santa Barbara’s Less Is More website for waste reduction resources and to learn more about hazardous waste, electronics recycling, home composting, and much more.

Additional Actions You Can Take

Eating, Drinking and Breathing Plastic

In the webinar on July 8, we explored how CEC and partner Santa Barbara Channelkeeper have been working for over a decade to reduce the Central Coast’s dependence on single-use plastic. This event focused on the connection between our health and plastic at a time when the industry is using the pandemic crisis to roll back regulations on plastic bags and other packaging.

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Here are some resources shared during the event that will help you stay engaged

Tips for #PlasticFreeJuly – and beyond

  • Ask the cashier to put your items back into the cart instead of into fresh grocery bags – and transfer them to reusable bags outside.
  • Encourage stores to resume accepting reusable bags – even if it means you have to bag items yourself. Tri-County Produce has allowed reusable bags throughout the pandemic and the Santa Barbara Farmers Market allows reusable bags at most stands.
  • Review the items in your cart before checkout – identify one or two that are packaged in plastic and try to find a similar product in alternative packaging.
  • Avoid the “Big Four” – bottled water, plastic bags, straws and coffee cups. Check with your favorite coffee shop to see if they are accepting reusable cups again – and request that they consider doing so if they are not.
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