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EJ Harrison

Working Together for a Better Environment
Assembly Bill 341 Requires Commercial Recycling

California Assembly Bill 341 will go into effect on July 1, mandating commercial recycling for all businesses that generate four or more cubic yards of waste per week and all multi-family dwellings with five units or more regardless of the amount of waste.

Most Harrison Industries customers are already in compliance with this regulation. However, all municipalities are required to conduct education and outreach activities to inform and assure that all affected commercial generators know what can be recycled locally and are making good-faith efforts to recycle.

Harrison can provide free waste assessments to show you how you can improve your waste diversion. The new legislation also has a state goal of 75 percent diversion of waste from landfills by 2020. Although all cities we serve are close to that diversion level, it will take the cooperation of all commercial and residential customers to achieve this goal.

Together we can comply not only with the letter of the law but help reduce air and water pollution, generate more jobs, save landfill space, conserve valuable natural resources and lower green house gas emissions. Thanks for doing your part!

For more information, call Daniel Harrison of Harrison Industries at 647-1414, ext. 4321 or email him at .

Harrison is Carpinteria Valley Chamber’s Large Business of the Year

Picture: Attending the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 54th annual Community Awards banquet are, from left, John Harrison and his wife Letha; Myron Harrison and his wife Sharon; David Harrison and his wife Sandy; Jim Harrison and Nan Drake; and George Harrison and his wife Danielle.

Harrison Industries is honored to be the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 2011 Large Business of the Year. The Harrison family received the honor at the Chamber’s 54th annual Community Awards Banquet and Centennial Celebration in January.

The Chamber cited us for the innovative residential and commercial recycling programs we provide the city. Carpinteria has among the highest trash diversion rates in California (73 percent), while the statewide average is about 60 percent.

At last fall’s California Avocado Festival, attended by more than 100,000 people, 98 percent of materials collected were recycled as a result of Harrison’s efforts. In all, 11.24 tons – 8.66 tons of recyclables and 2.58 tons of food waste and paper products – were collected. Only 2 percent of it ended up in landfills!

Harrison also is a longtime sponsor of many city events like the annual Carpinteria Triathlon and is a major contributor to local nonprofits, including the Carpinteria Boys & Girls Club, the Carpinteria Education Foundation and the Carpinteria Arts Council. This year, Harrison also made a large donation toward construction of “The Eagle’s Nest” at Carpinteria State Beach’s Tomol Interpretive Play Area.

Thanks again, Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce, for this wonderful award. We remain committed to serving your city in the coming years!

‘Working Together’ is Theme of Ventura Mayor’s Address

Picture: (L to R) Jim Harrison with current Ventura Mayor Mike Tracy and former Ventura Mayors Bill Fulton and Carl Morehouse.

Jim Harrison and I attended Ventura Mayor Mike Tracy’s State of the City address on Feb. 6 in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. The mayor called his address, “Working Together,” and he focused on living within our means while promoting prosperity. As former police chief of Ventura, it’s no surprise Mike also addressed public safety and promoted a clean community environment.

Mike is a Venturan through and through. He grew up on Ventura Avenue and graduated from Ventura High School. He married Linda, his high school sweetheart, and the couple has been married for 40 years.

Mike’s love for the city is obvious and as lifelong Venturans, the Harrison brothers – Ralph, Jim and Myron – wish him all the best as he works with fellow City Council members and Ventura citizens to ensure a bright future for the Poinsettia City!

On Board with the Ventura and Carpinteria Valley Chambers

One of the most rewarding aspects of my role as government affairs director and spokeswoman for Harrison Industries is becoming involved in the communities we serve. Public service is important to the Harrison family and to me.

So it is with a great deal of pride that I recently joined the Board of Directors of two organizations that are vital to the success of local businesses: The Ventura Chamber of Commerce and the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Among my goals as a new board member will be to help Chamber members meet and understand the challenges of California Assembly Bill 341, which requires all businesses that generate four or more cubic yards of waste per week to recycle. Sustainability is something that all businesses large and small alike will have to understand as we move closer to the requirements of Assembly Bill 32 and its air quality challenges. Going back in time is never easy. Businesses need to know how to continue to grow and prosper in California’s challenging environmental atmosphere.

Being a board member also will allow me to know first-hand what is important to the business communities in Ventura and Carpinteria. I look forward to being actively involved in the many wonderful civic and cultural events occurring in both cities this year.


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