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Working Together for a Better Environment
Reminder - Don't Throw Away E-Waste, Recycle It

Please, don't throw away your electronic equipment. Electronic waste—commonly called e-waste—is increasingly becoming a critical environmental problem as people and businesses are discarding their personal computers, monitors, televisions,VCRs DVDs, stereos and cell phones upon purchasing new, faster and more sophisticated electronic equipment.

So, what do you do with your old electronic devices? It's easy, really. If they are still functioning, donate or sell them to someone who can still use them. Or bring your e-waste to Gold Coast Recycling Center and Transfer Station for safe—and free—disposal. We accept:

  • Computer & Computer Monitors
  • Inkjet & Toner Cartridges
  • Televisions,VCRs & DVDs
  • Cell Phones
  • Printers
  • Fax Machines
  • Stereo Systems
  • Microwave Ovens
  • Small Kitchen Appliances
  • Fluorescent & High Intensity Lamps

Gold Coast Recycling Center and Transfer Station is located at 5257 Colt Street in Ventura. Hours of Operation are Mondays through Fridays, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Closed on Sundays. Call 642-9236 for more information.

Lynn Jacobs Speaks at Waste Haulers' Meeting

Lynn Jacobs, director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development, was guest speaker at the Ventura County Waste Hauler Association's quarterly meeting on July 18 in Camarillo.

About 20 representatives of local waste haulers attended the meeting at Sportsman's restaurant, including Harrison Industries President Ralph Harrison,Vice Presidents Jim and Myron Harrison, Mike Smith of Waste Management and other associate members. Camarillo Mayor Charlotte Craven also attended.

Jacobs apprised VCWHA members of legislatives updates, including the staled budget and other issues such as Assembly Bill 32, which deals with air quality, and a variety of housing issues affecting Ventura County businesses

Lynn Jacobs Speaks at Waste Haulers' Meeting—continued from page 1 and the state. She also spoke briefly on the new "green" building requirements that will be coming down the pike.

Jacobs was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in April 2006. Her position includes oversight for administering the state's housing finance, rehabilitation, and community development programs; oversight of the state's housing policy, planning and code-setting processes, and regulating manufactured housing and mobile home parks. The Director leads the administration of $2. 1 billion in Proposition 46 and $2. 85 billion in Proposition 1C bond funds for affordable housing.

Picture: Lynn Jacobs, director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development (center), is flanked by (from left), Harrison Industries Vice President Jim Harrison, Camarillo Mayor Charlotte Craven, Harrison President Ralph Harrison and Harrison Vice President Myron Harrison.

Corral Some Friends for the Boys & Girls Club Auction

Wanted: Fun-loving guys and gals looking for a good time for a good cause.

If that's you, put on a cowboy hat, slip on some boots and join Harrison Industries at the historic Teague/McKevett Ranch in Santa Paula on Saturday, Sept. 20, for the 2008 Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Clara Valley Auction.

Patty Harrison and Nan Drake are co-chairs of this entertaining event that will have an open bar as well as music provided by a bluegrass trio featuring David West. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. with a silent auction for baskets filled with gift certificates donated by local hair salons, restaurants, coffee shops, doctors and dentists. House and garden plants also will be sold to the highest bidder.

The Western-themed barbecue will be served by Epicure Catering at 7 p.m. Epicure has chicken and beef on the menu, accompanied by many specially prepared dishes that it is known for.

A professional auctioneer, courtesy of California Auctioneers of Oakview, will preside over the live auction at 8 o'clock. Items going to the highest bidder include our crowd favorite, the Firehouse Feast, as well as weekend getaways to Faria Beach houses and mountain cabins, a football and jersey signed by the Dallas Cowboys, and 1,000 feet of sod and a $500 gift certificate to Baron Brothers Nursery for a yard makeover.

Bidders also can bid on an intimate dinner party for 10, served by well-known local restaurants and hosted at historic homes. Tickets are $75, and can be purchased by calling Barbara Kroon at 525-7910. Also call Barbara if you wish to donate auction items or discuss sponsorship opportunities.

Harrison is Big Supporter of County Fair

Harrison Industries was founded 76 years ago, so our roots run deep in Ventura County. That's why we're such enthusiast supporters of the Ventura County Fair.

Nothing brings a community together quite like the fair because it has a little something for everybody—midway games and rides, farm animals, scores of exhibits and competitions, big-name entertainment and, of course, mouth-watering food.

This year, Harrison proudly sponsored a stage for live entertainment all through the 12-day run of the fair as well as Hispanic Heritage Day. We also teamed with the Healthy Gourmet to display posters throughout the grounds encouraging fairgoers to recycle.

If everyone does their part,Ventura County will always be clean and green.
Civic Alliance Members Tour Gold Coast Recycling

Picture: Alliance members on hand for the tour were: Rebecca Evans and Kesa Ryono of the VCCA; Mark Cooper and Catherine Lee of the Ventura County Community Foundation; Carmen Ramirez of the Central Coast Alliance United for A Sustainable Economy (CAUSE); Diane Koranda of the Boys &Girls Club of Ventura; Ron Bottorff of the Friends of the Santa Clara River; Dao Doan of Mainstreet Architects & Planners, Inc. ; Monique Myers of UC Extension and community volunteer Stacy Roscoe.

Ten members of the Ventura County Civic Alliance, whose mission is to promote a healthy and sustainable future for the local region, recently toured the Gold Coast Recycling Center and Transfer Station in Ventura.

During the tour, VCCA members got an up-close and personal look at Gold Coast's multi-million dollar recycling center and its state-of-the-art sorting system that separates materials such as newsprint, mixed paper, cardboard, aluminum, steel, glass, plastic containers, electronic waste and demolition materials for reuse.

The VCCA is a coalition of civic leaders with a shared commitment to bringing economic, environmental and social equity Interests of the region together to address priority community issues, increase civic engagement and build community leadership. The tour of Gold Coast Recycling is just one example of how VCCA seeks to educate, engage and inform its members.

Buying Agromin Products Completes the Recycling Loop

Picture: Businesses that use Agromin products help complete the recycling loop.

They say that gardening is good for the soul. Why, then, fly to Hawaii or drive up the coast to get away from it all when all you have to do is step outside to your garden for a little rest and relaxation. Spending a few hours in the yard planting flowers and growing vegetables - even mowing the lawn—is a great way to forget about your troubles and escape from the pressures of everyday life. It can also save you a few bucks from your grocery bill. You can't beat it.

Gardening is good for the environment, too. You know all those grass clippings, tree branches and leaves that you place in your brown green waste container? Well, they go to good use.

For the past 15 years, our trucks have transported them to California Wood Recycling, which uses cutting-edge technology to convert the green waste materials into organic mulches, compost, wood chips and other products that naturally fertilize plants and trees.

These products, under the Agromin label, help reduce the use of non-organic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides—making our air and water cleaner. They also save valuable space in landfills, thus completing the green waste recycling loop.

Agromin has developed and manufactured more than 240 premium soil products, now sold at 41 retail locations in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. A list of locations in our franchise cities—Camarillo, Carpinteria, Fillmore, Ojai, Thousand Oaks and Ventura—are listed below.

You also can order Agromin products online in addition to learning valuable gardening tips from the company's "Gardening Xperts" by visiting For more information, call 1-800-AGROMIN (247-6646). Happy gardening!

Agromin Retail Locations


  • Green Meadow Nursery—10825 Santa Rosa Road. 482-2822
  • Pacific Sod—305 W. Hueneme Road. 942-5296
  • U-Rent—92 N. Dawson Drive. 484-7961


  • Bedrock Building Supplies—208 Calle Cesar Chavez, Santa Barbara. 899-3524
  • Milpas Rentals—4321 State St., Santa Barbara. 967-4312 & 6. N. Milpas St. , Santa Barbara. 963-1987
  • Pro Garden Supply—18 N. Milpas St., Santa Barbara. 965-4619


  • AG Rx—186 Telegraph Rd. 524-2687
  • Fillmore Rentals—215 Palm St. 524-2357


  • Ojai Concrete—403 Bryant St. 646-0200
  • Greg's Rents and Equipment Sales—420 Ventura Ave. , Oak View. 649-2590
  • Mountain Meadows Nursery—245 Old Baldwin Rd. 646-0714

Thousand Oaks

  • Carlson Building Materials—1432 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. 495-3711


  • Green Thumb Nursery—1899 Victoria Ave. 642-8517
  • Ryan's Concrete—3348 Ventura Road. 656-4610
  • U-Rent, Inc.—1387 E. Los Angeles Ave. 647-9718
Even Old Harrison Trucks are Recycled

Picture: Gilbert Mendez, a mechanic with Harrison Industries for 24 years, shows off the recycled parts warehouse.

Since 2006, Harrison Industries has purchased 15 trucks fueled by liquefied natural gas, with another five new LNG vehicles expected to arrive in the Saticoy yard in the coming months. So, what becomes of the old diesel-burning rigs that must be retired because their engines no longer meet the state's stringent emission standards? They end up as scrap next door at Standard Industries.  

But before they reach the scrap heap, members of Harrison's Maintenance

Department strip the trucks for reusable parts, from radiators and transmissions to batteries and tires. Or as Maintenance Department Foreman Ed Lopez puts it: "We take out anything and everything. If the truck's got it, and we can use it, we're reusing it."

The result is a warehouse filled with engines parts, axles, hoses and belts, you name it. If a Harrison mechanic needs a part, he knows where to look.

"The Maintenance Department has been recycling a lot longer than people realize," Lopez said, adding that he also barters old parts, pointing to an axle that he planned to trade to a vendor for new parts. "We're almost going back to the beginning of time before there was money," he joked.

Recycling parts takes time, Lopez admitted, but he feels that it is well worth the effort. "We prolong the life of parts, which is a good thing for the environment," Lopez said, "and the company saves money."



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Harrison Industries

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