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Happy Thanksgiving from the Harrison Family!
Gold Coast Recycling, Cities Celebrate 25th Anniversary
Harrison Helps Launch Ventura's 150th Anniversary Celebration
Ventura Boys & Girls Club Gala & Auction Enchants Guests
Ojai Valley Green Coalition Honors Harrison for Recycling Efforts
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Happy Thanksgiving from the Harrison Family!
The Harrison Family joins me in wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you are able to share this special holiday with family and friends.

On Thanksgiving Day, we pause to count our blessings, and the Harrison Family feels blessed to have had a successful business for over 83 years, and we thank our wonderful customers. We thank our employees who provide you with outstanding customer service and are rewarding them with a Ralphs/Food for Less gift certificate for their dedication.

We also thank our troops serving overseas. We wish them a safe Thanksgiving and a speedy return home, and we stop and think about how fortunate we are to live and work in a country that allows us so much freedom of choice.

May the good things of life be yours in abundance, not only at Thanksgiving but throughout the coming year!
Gold Coast Recycling, Cities Celebrate 25th Anniversary
Gold Coast Recycling & Transfer Station, established in 1990 to help local cities and the County of Ventura meet state mandates to cut the amount of trash they send to landfills in half, held a 25th anniversary celebration on Nov. 19.

Gold Coast Recycling and Harrison Industries honored the cities we serve - Ventura, Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Ojai, Fillmore and Carpinteria as well the County of Ventura and the Channel Islands Beach Community Services District - with Certificates of Appreciation during the event at the 75,000-square-foot facility in Ventura.

Certificates of Appreciation were presented in an information packet at the door to representatives of the cities, local chambers of commerce, organizations, businesses, individuals and public agencies for helping Harrison and the communities exceed the trash diversion goals of California Assembly Bill 939, passed in 1989.

Members of the Ventura County Waste Disposal Association that was founded by E.J. Harrison over 65 years ago were also recognized with a certificate.

"We couldn't have reached these state goals without the extraordinary commitment of the citizens, businesses and institutions of all of the jurisdictions, and for that we thank them also," said George Harrison, general manager of GCR.

Working in conjunction with Harrison Industries, Gold Coast Recycling established a three-barrel curbside program for trash, recycling and green waste for residents and a white recycling bin program for businesses as well as roll-off and Construction & Demolition programs for both businesses and residents. Gold Coast Recycling processes over 90,000 tons of recyclable materials each year.
Government officials presenting Gold Coast Recycling with certificates of congratulations included State Senator Hannah Beth Jackson, Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin, Ventura County Supervisors Peter Foy and Kathy Long, and city council members from the cities it serves. Representatives of the offices of Congresswoman Julia Brownley, State Senator Fran Pavley and Assemblyman Das Williams also presented certificates of congratulations.

In the future Harrison Industries and Gold Coast Recycling will be adding green and food waste recycling bins for many of its business customers, in compliance with California Assembly Bill 1826, which takes effect in 2016. AB 1826 is designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions, reduce the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers, and create a source of green energy.

We had a great turnout at our anniversary celebration. Thanks to all who shared in our celebration and are helping us edge closer to "Zero Waste."

Harrison Helps Launch Ventura's 150th Anniversary Celebration
Harrison Industries and Harrison President Ralph Harrison helped the city of Ventura launch its 150th anniversary celebration during a reception Nov. 8 at the Museum of Ventura County.

Ralph joined a panel of descendants of historic Ventura families who shared stories about the early days of the city that was incorporated on April 2, 1866. In fact, Ralph, Jim and Myron Harrison's mother Myra's family roots date back even before the founding of Old Mission San Buenaventura in 1782.

Myra was a direct descendant of Lt. Jose Moraga, a member of the De Anza party which established the missions in California. Moraga, who died in 1785, also was the founder of the city of San Jose. His son was Gabriel Moraga, who also served as a lieutenant and explored much of California and named many rivers in his travels, namely the Kings River, Merced River and Mariposa Creek.

Gabriel's son, Jose Benjamin Buenaventura Moraga, Myra's great grandfather, died in 1885 in San Francisco. Her grandfather was Miguel Antonio Moraga, who was born in 1843 in Santa Barbara. Miguel's daughter was Myra's mother Francisca. Myra's grandmother was Refugio Ortega and she was born in Ventura.

Myra was born on February 17, 1915 in Ventura, one of 12 children of Francisca Moraga and Elias Velarde. Myra married E.J. Harrison on March 15, 1930 when she was 15 ½, and their American Dream began when they founded Harrison Industries (first called Harrison Transfer) in 1932, charging their first customers 50 cents to take their trash to the landfill.

The Harrisons spent the following decades building their business on the values of honesty, integrity and great service. Their hands-on approach and the efficient cost-effectiveness of their operations have enabled them to endure as one of the oldest, privately owned trash haulers and recyclers in the nation.

E.J died in 1991 and Myra served as president of Harrison Industries until she passed away at age 99 in 2014. Today, we serve more than 90,000 customers in cities and unincorporated areas of Ventura County and the city of Carpinteria in Santa Barbara County.

Myra was a remarkable woman - and a woman ahead of her time - and the entire Harrison family is thrilled to share her story with all Venturans!
Ventura Boys & Girls Club Gala & Auction Enchants Guests
Myron Harrison and his wife Sharon.
It was indeed "An Enchanted Evening" for all who attended the 48th annual Great Futures Gala & Auction Oct. 24 at the Ventura Beach Marriott, benefitting the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura.

Harrison Industries served as a corporate sponsor. President Ralph Harrison and wife Jenny, Vice President Myron Harrison and Sharon, along with Gold Coast Recycling General Manager George Harrison and wife Danielle, Harrison Industries General Manager Lynn Harrison and wife Patty and Sales Manager David Harrison and wife Sandy were among the more than 200 supporters who enjoyed the cocktail reception, dinner, silent and live auctions and musical entertainment.

Topping off this year's evening was a hilarious performance by comedian Steve Mittleman. Mittleman's career was launched when he won the Big Laff Off on Showtime, and he is also one of the rare comedians who appeared on The Tonight Show with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno.

David Harrison and his wife Sandy.
The event raised over $100,000, with the proceeds benefitting more than 3,500 local kids and their families throughout Ventura, giving them, as the B&GCGV motto says, "A Positive Place for Kids." But it costs $1.2 million a year to operate the club's five branches, so there's always a need for donations.

To learn more how you can help this worthy and vitally important nonprofit, call 641-5585.

One more thing: David Harrison will be co-chair of next year's Great Futures Gala & Auction. Congratulations, David. We know you're up to the task!

Ralph Harrison (fifth from right) with other sponsors of the gala and auction.
Ojai Valley Green Coalition Honors Harrison for Recycling Efforts
Jim Harrison celebrates with the Ojai Valley Green Coalition.
The Ojai Valley Green Coalition honored Harrison Industries this fall for the exceptional service that Harrison and our dedicated employees have provided Ojai residents and businesses for the past 50 years.

At Ojai City Council's Oct. 26 meeting, OVGC President and Executive Director Deborah Pendry praised Harrison for its three-barrel curbside service and innovative recycling programs that have helped Ojai reach a 64 percent diversion rate - well above the state's 50 percent mandated for cities and counties.

I made a presentation to the City Council, covering our plans to help Ojai and all our client franchises meet the state goal of 75 percent recycling by 2020. The plans include our pilot program in which green, wood and food waste is collected and processed by our strategic partner Agromin to produce over 200 different eco-friendly products marketed as biofuels, organic soil blends and mulches for agriculture, landscape, retail and renewable energy sectors.

During October we gave tours of Gold Coast Recycling & Transfer Station to Ojai-area residents with help from the OVGC, manned a booth at Ojai Days and also hosted a month-long display at Ojai City Hall.

On Nov. 8, we presented our new educational video during the Ojai Film Festival. I served as a panelist following the film's screening, providing the audience with Harrison's plans to help its franchise clients reach 75 percent recycling and, ultimately, "Zero Waste."

Much needs to be done in order to reach 75 percent recycling by 2020. That's only five years away. With your continued help and support, we are confident we will achieve this goal.
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