Working Together for a Better Environment
Harrison's New and Improved Website is Up and Running

Harrison Industries turns 80 this year, but we're looking ahead!

In that spirit we've upgraded our website, making it more user-friendly to allow our residential and commercial customers to order special services online. Check it out at, and you also will find our new 12-minute educational video that will take you through the recycling process, step by step.

You'll see how recyclables once destined toward our landfills are sorted at Gold Coast Recycling Center & Transfer Station for reuse and how grass clippings, tree branches and other yard waste are transformed into organic mulches and soil amendments by our other strategic partner, Agromin.

You'll also find a 90-second video on Harrison Industries on the website.

Our motto is "Moving toward Zero Waste," and we are eager to share with the public the positive effects of recycling on the economy and our environment. And stay tuned to developments in our exciting commercial food waste pilot program with Agromin.

Assembly Bill 341 Requires Commercial Recycling

A quick reminder: California Assembly Bill 341 went 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 of Harrison Industries' commercial customers are already in compliance with this regulation, and we thank you. However, all municipalities are required to conduct education and outreach activities to inform and assure all affected commercial generators know what can be recycled locally and are making good-faith efforts to recycle.

We and the cities we serve – Ventura, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Ojai, Fillmore and Carpinteria – can provide free waste assessments to show businesses how to improve their waste diversion. The e new legislation also has a goal of 75 percent diversion of waste from landfills by 2020. Although the cities we serve are already close to that diversion level, it will take the cooperation of all commercial and residential customers to achieve this goal.

If you have questions or for more information, call Daniel Harrison of Harrison Industries at 647-1414, ext. 4321.

Scavenging and ‘Dumpster Diving' is Illegal – and Costly

Scavenging from your residential curbside trash and recycling containers or "dumpster diving" from commercial containers and roll-off bins is illegal and should be reported.

It's not just homeless people who engage in dumpster diving. Dumpster diving includes small illegal businesses set up with specially rigged trucks to steal tons of cardboard stacked 8 feet in the bed. It's a racket with people going out every day where there's lots of cardboard. I have seen and reported them to the police.

Another concern about scavengers and dumpster divers is they may be looking for more than just recyclables. They also might seek or find nd documents containing personal information like Social Security and credit card numbers. You can help prevent identity theft by shredding documents with personal information before placing them in your recycling containers.

You may not realize it, but scavengers searching in Harrison bins for aluminum cans, glass bottles, plastic containers and other recyclable materials can cost you money in the long run since recyclables that we collect are used to help off -set our service costs. You should not approach people caught scavenging. Instead, call your police department's non-emergency number. If the person is driving, please note the color, make and model of the vehicle and write down its license number, if possible.

Carpinteria Holds Independence Day Parade and Rods & Roses Festival

Picture: Ted Harrison drives a Harrison LNG truck at the Carpinteria Independence Day Parade, accompanied by his children. Where can you find nd a Fourth of July Parade that is not held on the Fourth of July? In Carpinteria, that's where.

It's been a long tradition for the City to hold its Independence Day Parade and Rods & Roses Festival on the Saturday before July 4. This is year's parade landed on June 30, and Carpinteria's residents and visitors came out in force. Remember Andy Granatelli, from the 1970s TV commercials for STP motor

oil? He was the Grand Marshal of this year's parade down Linden Avenue. Not far behind "Mr. Indy 500" in the parade route was one of our new liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks, driven by Ted Harrison, the youngest son of Harrison President Ralph Harrison. Joining Ted in the cab were his kids.

The Rods & Roses Festival afterward featured over 100 classic cars, race cars, motorcycles and antique tractors, along with thousands of flowers; also a lot of food and fun for the entire family. Proceeds from the event go to Carp Cares for Youth and other local service and youth groups. And little of the tons of materials we hauled off went to waste – a perfect ending to a perfect day!

Camarillo Fiesta Offers Food and Fun for All

Camarillo was the place to be July 13-15 when the City held its 48th Annual Fiesta & Street Fair in Old Town Camarillo. About 35,000 people attended this old-fashioned community event that offered 190 craft and food vendors, carnival rides, musicians, the Rotary Beer Garden and just plain fun!

Special activities included a Friday Night Cruise of class cars, a car show on Saturday and a 5-kilometer run on Sunday. It had something for everyone and also raised about $30,000 for local charities and schools.

Harrison Industries is a proud sponsor of the Camarillo Fiesta & Street Fair, and we were happy to be entrusted as trash and recycling hauler for this wonderful event. You can be sure that a large percentage of materials we collected were recycled.

Fillmore's Fourth of July Features Classic Cars and Chili

Hot rods and hot food were the order of Independence Day in Fillmore when the City's Chamber of Commerce held its annual Sespe Creek Car Show & Chili Cook-Off . The festive day-long event drew a crowd of about 50,000 and featured over 200 classic automobiles, 40 food and craft vendors and lots of music.

And there was lots of chili, as 14 cooks competed for Best in Show; meanwhile, the Fillmore and Western Railway Co. offered one-hour train rides to visitors. The day was capped off by the City of Fillmore's fireworks display at Fillmore Middle School.

As in Camarillo and Carpinteria, we were there to haul off the trash and recyclables – and most of it was recycled.

Harrison Helps Ventura Hillsides Conservancy with River Cleanup

Harrison Industries and our strategic partner Agromin were happy to help the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy with its Ventura River cleanup project in June.

About 80 volunteers from Patagonia retail stores cleared out tons of pesky non-native arundo from 9 acres that the William Willoughby family donated to the conservancy in 2009. Arundo is an invasive bamboo-like plant that can grow to 30 feet high. It clogs up the Ventura River, increases the risk of floods, chokes out native vegetation and provides little habitat for native wildlife.

We donated a number of roll-off containers to this worthy cause and hauled away the arundo to Agromin for processing at no charge to the conservancy. The conservancy plans to turn the land into a park and

picnic area for Ventura residents and visitors to enjoy for generations to come.

While on the subject of the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy, allow me to plug its 10th Annual Ventura Hillsides Music Festival on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Arroyo Verde Park. It begins at 1 p.m. and features Blues Traveler and classic rockers Elvin Bishop and Dr. John & The Lower 911. Harrison Industries is a proud sponsor of this fun event. For tickets, visit


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