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Central Coast community trying to reduce garbage by giving recycling kits to residents

Santa Maria residents can get free kits at the Saturday event.

A Central Coast city is celebrating Earth Day by trying to make it a little easier for its residents to recycle.

On Saturday, Santa Maria residents can pick up free recycling kits. They include a container for larger recyclables like cardboard, magazines, and cereal boxes. They’ll get a six-gallon container which fits under a sink and is ideal for bottles, cans, and glass.

Residents will also get a reusable shopping bag and a countertop kitchen pail to collect food waste which then can be put in outdoor organic waste containers.

The kits are available on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Santa Maria Regional Landfill on the 2000 block of East Main Street. They are free, but you must be a Santa Maria resident to get one.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.