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EJ Harrison

Working Together for a Better Environment
In This Issue

Project Understanding
Blue Sky Award
Family Friendly Award
Supporting Our Community
Universal Waste Ban

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Keeping You Informed

Welcome from the Harrisons to our e-mail newsletter, which we will be regularly sharing with our governmental clients and others interested in our community. The importance of new information about recycling and other ways to protect and enhance our environment will be our goal. We will also include information about our recycling partners California Wood Recycling and Gold Coast Recycling.

We will share with you current information about recycling efforts with our governmental and other partners to continue to divert materials from landfills, steps we are taking with our large fleet of trucks to provide a cleaner air environment, information about activities of the various non-profit organizations we support, among other topics.

As we approach the company’s 75th year – 2007 – we feel it is important to share information about the state of recycling, air quality, trash disposal, and other quality-of-life issues which affect every citizen, young or old. We hope you enjoy this first e-mail newsletter and we look forward to keeping you informed in the future.

Myron, Jim, Myra and Ralph Harrison

Project Understanding

Myra Harrison meets with Ventura Mayor Carl Morehouse at a performance of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” during an evening to introduce the good works of Project Understanding to the community. The play was sponsored by Harrison Industries.

Myra would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers for her speedy recovery. She is at home, she is progressing every day and she can’t wait to get out and participate in special events again.

Blue Sky Award

Harrison Industries is one of five recipients of the prestigious Blue Sky Awards, presented recently by CALSTART, North America’s leading advanced transportation technologies consortium.

Other recipients were the New York MTA, Hyperion Solutions of Santa Clara, Fed Ex Express and Seattle Mayor Greg Nichols. The awards were presented at a special luncheon at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Harrison Industries was recognized “for its aggressive approach toward minimizing vehicle emissions from its fleet by adopting a range of technologies, including liquefied natural gas (LNG), dual-fuel, clean diesel and engine retrofits. These actions have results in measurable air quality benefits in its six-city service territory.”

Since 1989, Harrison Industries has been a state leader in making residential and business recycling and yard waste collection part of standard customer service. Now, the local trash-hauling company is helping the environment on a new front – air quality. The Blue Sky award recognizes those efforts.

Family Friendly Award

E. J. Harrison & Sons has again been named a Family Friendly Employer by the Business Work/Life Alliance of Ventura County.

Harrison Industries was honored on May 10 at a Work/Life Leadership Summit at Spanish Hills Country Club.

Joyce Velarde, Harrison bookkeeper, nominated her company for the special designation. She noted that the Harrisons have assisted her and numerous other employees on many occasions. She said the Harrisons “think of their company as a very large family – and in many ways, it is.” She noted that employees are encouraged to have their children participate in youth sports and the company often provides time off for parents to see their children play. Velarde also noted the Harrisons provide “an excellent family insurance package.”

Supporting Our Community

Founder E.J. Harrison believed strongly in supporting the community – especially youth programs. He encouraged his sons to be active in scouting and youth sports. Continuing in that tradition, Harrison Industries continues to be a strong supporter of youth activities.

Harrison Industries is a proud sponsor of Boys & Girls Club auctions in Ventura (June 3), Carpinteria (May 20), Camarillo (held May 6), and Santa Clara Valley (held March 25).

Harrison Industries also is a sponsor of the Ventura and Ojai music festivals, the American Cancer Society Walk, Fillmore’s Orange Festival and a strong supporter of Community Memorial Hospital’s “Safe Harbor” program.

Universal Waste Ban

Effective February 8, residents and businesses in California were no longer permitted to dispose of Universal Waste in the trash. Universal Waste can be computers, small batteries, electronics, flourescent light bulbs, cell phones and various electronic equipment.

Ventura County residents and businesses have had the ability to safely dispose of Universal Waste long before the recent ban. Harrison Industries customers can bring Universal Waste to Gold Coast Recycling, 5275 Colt Street, in Ventura.

Residents of Ojai, Fillmore, Ventura, Thousand Oaks and Carpinteria can call about their respective city’s household hazardous waste collection events. Ojai – 658-4323; Fillmore – 658-4323; Ventura – 525-3000; Thousand Oaks – 449-SAVE; Carpinteria – 684-5405, ext. 445.


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