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Working Together for a Better Environment
Harrison to Serve Consolidated Disposal Services Customers on March 1

Effective March 1, those customers in the unincorporated areas of Ventura County who are being served by Consolidated Disposal Services, will now be served by award-winning Harrison Industries for trash and recycling pick-up services.

Nothing will be changed—time of pick-up, items accepted and the cost will remain the same. We pledge that the change will be seamless and that your service will be excellent. For any questions call 805 647-1414 or 1-800 41 TRASH (87274).

Harrison Industries was established in 1932 and is one of the oldest and largest privately owned trash collection businesses in the United States.  Our philosophy is that people should not have to think about trash or recycling and that the collection is simple as possible to help people "to do the right thing."

Our motto, "Service is everything," has ensured success and longevity. We know the importance of providing the highest level of recycling and trash collection services to our customers.

Help Reduce Storm Drain Pollution

We encourage everyone to do all you can to reduce storm drain pollution. Please keep the areas around your homes, businesses and multi-family units clear of debris.

When it rains, the water that runs off roofs, sidewalks and streets will make its way to our storm drains. And anything in the water's path—such as plastic and paper bags, cigarette butts, drink cans, tree leaves, animal waste, oil leaks from vehicles and sediment from erosion and construction projects—simply gets flushed through our storm drains and into local waterways, then into the ocean.

When the grass and leaves break down in water, they use up the surrounding oxygen, causing fish and other marine life to die. This can create an unpleasant smell for those who live by the beach and it harms the marine ecosystem.

Harrison Industries honored as Chamber's Member of the Quarter

Picture: Ralph Harrison accepts a plaque for Member of the Quarter from Santa Paula Chamber Board Chairman Chris Sayer. (L to R) Lynn Harrison, Ralph Harrison, Chris Sayer, Nan Drake, Jim Harrison, Danny Harrison and David Harrison.

A company that does much for the community was honored as the Chamber of Commerce Member of the Quarter at the February Good Morning Santa Paula breakfast meeting. The Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event, hosted by Limoneira Company, was held at Logsdon's at the Santa Paula Airport.

Chamber Board Chairman Chris Sayer said, "I'm probably preaching to the choir," but the Chamber is "going very well and we're getting a great response. Our goal is to have 300 members, but it's not a ceiling—unlike bowling we can do better than 300."

Sayer said it was an honor to recognize E.J.Harrison & Sons/Harrison Industries as the Member of the Quarter, as "they have done so much for us…it seems at times the least most important thing they do is take away our trash." In addition, Sayer said the company "let us use Nan Drake," who preceded him as the Chamber of Commerce board chairperson, and "made it an easy transition for me."

Drake said she enjoyed her stint as the Chamber leader, including serving on the Moonlight at the Ranch committee. Moonlight at the Ranch each year holds a celebration at the historic Limoneira Company ranch headquarters that benefits the Santa Paula Police & Fire Foundation, as well as the Chamber of Commerce.

"It was a real pleasure to be part of the Moonlight at the Ranch committee," as well as taking part in other community activities, said Drake, who introduced three generations of Harrisons who are active in the family business.

The company and its Harrison owners believe "If you serve the community it's not just trash" disposal, but also an infusion of "energy" devoted to community betterment.

Founded in 1932, the motto of Harrison Industries is "Service is Everything," and Drake noted, family members are very active in their communities, including Patty and Lynn Harrison (Patty is the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley board president and Lynn is General Manager of Harrison Industries), who are longtime residents of Santa Paula. Their son David Harrison is also involved in the company.

John Macik/Santa Paula Chevrolet provides the award plaques to the Chamber for their monthly recognitions.

Harrison Industries Earns PacBiz Times' Legacy Award

Harrison Industries is honored to be receiving the Pacific Coast Business Times' Legacy Award at its 2011 Family Business Awards breakfast on March 1 at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel.

As a family-owned company since 1932, we know the importance of providing the highest level of trash collection service to our customers.

We also remain fully committed to the "Green" movement by offering a number of innovative residential and commercial programs that make it easy for our customers to and recycle. And just last month, we earned Climate Registry status for taking voluntary steps to measure our operation's carbon footprint.

By diverting 17 different recyclable materials from our landfills and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, we are doing the right thing for the environment.

Thank you, Pacific Coast Business Times!

Diversion Rates Climb for Cities Harrison Serves

The latest trash diversion rates are in, and it's clear that more and more people are doing the right thing by recycling!

According to the state agency CalRecycle, the cities Harrison Industries and our business partners—Gold Coast Recycling and Agromin Premium Soil Products—serve have far surpassed recycling mandates of Assembly Bill 939, the 1989 state law that requires cities and counties to cut trash they send to landfills by 50 percent.

Here are the latest diversion rate figures:

  • Ventura – 75 percent;
  • Camarillo – 75 percent;
  • Carpinteria – 71 percent;
  • Thousand Oaks – 69 percent;
  • Santa Paula – 68 percent;
  • Fillmore – 63 percent;
  • Ojai – 60 percent;
  • Unincorporated Ventura County – 57 percent.

We provide all our residential and commercial customers the opportunity to recycle over 17 different materials, including newsprint, glass, cardboard, plastic and paper products. Our residential customers also can recycle green waste from their yards such as grass clippings, tree branches and wood.

Our commercial "Unicycling" and Construction & Demolition recycling programs also are having a positive effect on our environment.

Effective waste management programs like ours and economic conditions helped Californians throw away less trash than ever before in 2009, according to CalRecycle. The statewide per capita disposal rate of 4.5 pounds of trash per person per day is the lowest on record since the department began tracking statewide waste disposal in 1995.

To all, congratulations, and keep up the good work!

Harrison Earns Climate Registered Status for Environmental Efforts

Harrison Industries has taken important steps to measure our carbon footprint and to help our client cities meet anticipated tight future regulations.

As a result, we have received the Climate Registered status, which is awarded to members of The Climate Registry that measure their greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) according to the Registry's rigorous voluntary reporting program.

By understanding what emissions we are generating at our operations, we can see where processes can improve and emissions can be reduced—through fleet fuel changes, energy efficiency at our offices and other management practices.

We have reported that our fleet and facilities emit the equivalent of about 11,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases in 2009, principally from fuel combustion and electricity, by the management of over 370,000 tons of solid waste. However, we also separate materials for recycling and provide feedstock for composting and biomass energy generation. Recycling reduces the demand for raw or virgin materials,
while re-manufacturing with recycled materials generally reduces overall energy use.

These recycling activities provided a community benefit by facilitating the avoidance of over 222,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions, according to a model created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

As Harrison Vice President Myron Harrison points out," More recycling will lead to even greater greenhouse gas avoidance."



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