The city of Santa Barbara set a goal to reduce the amount of total waste going to the landfill to 30 percent and to increase recycling to 70 percent.
SBCH has this ambitious goal within its reach. In 2009, only 35 percent of the hospital’s waste was sent to the landfill.
Recycling at SBCH jumped ten-fold over the last decade—from 82,000 pounds recycled in 2000 to nearly 1 million pounds in 2009.
Cottage was one of the first businesses to participate in the city of Santa Barbara’s pilot composting program in 2008. Today, SBCH now composts about 7,500 pounds of food waste per month, with nearly 90,000 pounds composted last year.
This is the equivalent of 24 vehicles being taken off the road for an entire year, according to the city’s environmental analysts.