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Working Together for a Better Environment
New Video Takes You Through the Recycling Process

Harrison Industries has created a new video for their 80th anniversary.

For a greater understanding of the past and future of recycling, please click the photo to view it.

This 12-minute educational video will take you through the recycling process, step by step. You’ll see how recyclables once destined for our landfills are sorted at our recycling center 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. Please look for our updated website coming in July.

Harrison Industries’ motto is “Moving toward Zero Waste.” We are eager to share with the public the positive effects of recycling on the economy and our environment. Call 647-1414 for more information.

Harrison Industries - Recycling for a better tomorrow

Albertsons, Area Restaurants Sign Up for Food Waste Program

Picture: Harrison Industries’ Nan Drake is with, from left: Rick Crandall of Albertsons, Carpinteria Assistant City Manager Kevin Silk, Carpinteria Albertsons Manager Ahned A. Jahadhmy and Donald Sealund, Harrison’s fi eld representative for the food waste program.

The Albertsons supermarket in Carpinteria has joined the Albertsons in Ventura and Camarillo along with a number of local restaurants in a pilot program offered by Harrison Industries and Agromin that will all but eliminate food waste.

Previously, food scraps from Albertsons’ meat, produce, deli, dairy, bakery and floral departments ended up in the trash. But in April, Harrison delivered special barrels to all departments in the Ventura and Camarillo stores that its employees now fill with everything from meat fat and bones to pineapple tops and corn husks. Same goes for liquid

food waste like yogurt, cottage cheese and mayonnaise; bread and baked goods; and eggs and dairy products. Th e Carpinteria

Albertsons will join the food waste program in July.

Most of the local restaurants now recycling their food scraps are in Ventura Harbor Village. They are: Andria’s Seafood, Brophy Bros., The Greek, Milano Italian, Spinnaker Seafood, Christy’s Café, Le Petit Café, Margarita Villa, Harbor Sushi, Black Beard’s Barbecue and Surf-N-Taco. The Wood Ranch restaurant in Ventura also joined the program, as has the Ventura Beach Marriott and the Crowne Plaza Ventura.

Harrison trucks collect the food waste at the establishments and deliver it to our strategic partner Agromin. Employing a Covered Aerated Static Pile System, Agromin mixes the food waste with yard waste that Harrison collects from its residential and commercial customers to create an enriched compost and alternative fuel.

Ventura County Jail’s Todd Road facility near Santa Paula is even in the food waste program. Our hope is to expand the program to businesses as we continue our march toward “Zero Waste.”

‘Champions of Mental Health’ Gala Benefits Turning Point Foundation

Picture: Harrison President Ralph and his wife Jenny Harrison are with Norma Lagomarsino, wife of former Congressman Robert Lagomarsino.

I always look forward to attending the “Champions of Mental Health” Gala benefiting the Turning Point Foundation. It’s the only non-profit agency in Ventura County that addresses the critical community support needs of mentally ill adults. The sixth annual event, held June 10 at the Courtyard Marriott in Oxnard, was such a moving experience.

Harrison Industries is a proud sponsor of this important fundraiser that serves more than 500 of our most vulnerable community members each year through its shelter, supported housing and rehabilitation programs. Joining me at gala were Harrison President Ralph Harrison and his wife, Jenny.

Bill and Elise Kearney served as honorary chairs and Jane Lax did a perfect job putting this great charity event together. It recognizes dedicated individuals and groups that have spent considerable time, energy and financial resources to help provide services to those who are often in desperate need of mental health assistance.

The “Champions of Mental Health” honored this year were family advocate Sonna Gray, consumer advocate Doug Sept, community volunteer Irene Mellick and Venoco, Inc.

I urge you visit the Turning Point Foundation’s website,, to learn more about this impressive organization. You’ll be moved too.

66th Ojai Music Festival Had Distinctive Norwegian Flair

Harrison Industries is proud to be a longtime sponsor of the Ojai Music Festival, a dynamic convergence of music, artists and audience in the Ojai Valley. It’s always a thrill to attend and see the “Harrison Family Promenade” sign on the way to my seat.

People are still buzzing about the 66th festival on June 7-10 at the beautifully restored Libbey Bowl with its exceptional performances, lively discussions, social gatherings, and surprises, including acclaimed Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and Marc-André Hamelin’s encore performance of Stravinsky’s Circus Polka! Andsnes also served as the festival’s music director.

As always, the music was spectacular! And it’s not too early to make plans to attend next year, when the focus will be on American music. Mark Morris, the noted American dancer and choreographer, has signed on as music director.

Morris’ resume is impressive indeed. He has been the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of his contributions to the arts, including a MacArthur Fellowship and the prestigious Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society. Morris’ extensive work in opera has included partnerships with The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Gotham Chamber Opera, English National Opera and The Royal Opera.

Th e 67th Ojai Music Festival will be held June 6-9, 2013. Why wait to make reservations? To get the best seats, call today. For information, call 646-2053 or visit

Ojai Wine Festival Raises Spirits and Funds for Rotary Projects

If you love wine, you would really love the Ojai Wine Festival!

Held annually at the shores of Lake Casitas, this year’s festival on June 10 attracted about 5,000 people from throughout Central and Southern California, who enjoyed the opportunity of sampling varietals from 60 wineries that set up booths. In addition, the festival offered attendees a fantastic variety of 20 specialty beers as well as a selection of culinary delights from local restaurants.

Harrison Industries is happy to sponsor this wonderful event put on by the Rotary Club of Ojai-West where attendees also enjoyed a steady stream of musical entertainment, a dance floor and free boat rides on the lake.

Since 1987 the Ojai Wine Festival has raised over $900,000 to aid many important Rotary projects, particularly our hard-hit public schools as well as international clean drinking water projects and polio eradication programs worldwide.

Ventura and Camarillo Chamber Expos are a Boon to Businesses

Picture: Marni Brook of Montecito Bank & Trust, Ventura Chamber President Ed Summers and Doug Wood, General Manager of the Crown Plaza Hotel, visit the Harrison booth at the Ventura Chamber Expo manned by Peter Gutierrez.

It was good to see old friends and fellow Chamber members as well as a large number of Harrison Industries customers at the recent Business Expos sponsored by the Ventura and Camarillo Chambers of Commerce.

Harrison was one of about 60 companies with booths at the Ventura Chamber’s 2012 Tabletop Business Expo – the “Olympics by the Ocean” held June 7 at the Four Points Sheraton. We also manned a booth at the Camarillo Chamber’s event May 31 at the Hampton Inn and Suites.

I always look forward these events because they give a big lift to the business community by providing local companies and organizations a chance to share their products and services with area residents and one another. They’re also a lot of fun!


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