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 flooding events. 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 those 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 requirements related to the importation of material onto your property, please call the Planning & Development Department at 805-568-3030. In addition, residents needing further guidance regarding options for debris removal from their properties can download a copy of the County's Waste Removal Options in Cases of Major Weather Events Guidelines. See the "Soil" category page for additional important considerations related to soil exchanges.