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Working Together for a Better Environment
Videos Show What’s Behind Harrison and Gold Coast Recycling

Want to know more about Harrison Industries, or more about what happens to your trash, recyclables and yard waste after they are collected by one of your trucks?

Just visit our website at www. and that of our business partner, Gold Coast Recycling & Transfer Station, at www.goldcoastrecycling, to see for yourself. Both websites now feature videos that give you a “behind-the scenes” look at both businesses’ daily operations.

Also check out the website of our business partner, Agromin Premium Soil Products. Go to to see how the grass clippings, tree branches and other yard clippings you place in your brown yard waste container are converted into organic mulches, compost, wood chips and other products that naturally fertilize plants and trees.

You’ll see that your efforts to do the right thing and recycle do indeed help the planet and that you are helping us as together we move toward ZERO WASTE.

Join the Crowd at 27th Coastal Cleanup Day on Sept. 17

Be part of the solution to marine pollution!

Join the tens of thousands of participants statewide who will clean debris from our beaches, shorelines and inland waterways on Saturday, Sept. 17, for the 27th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day. It runs from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Guinness Book of World Records calls it “the largest garbage collection.” Since the program started in 1985, more than 800,000 Californians have removed over 14 million pounds of debris from our state’s shorelines and coast.

Coming at the end of the summer beach season and right near the start of the school year, Coastal Cleanup Day is a great way for families, students, service groups and neighbors to join together.

Hey, business owners, Coastal Cleanup Day also presents a great opportunity for your employees to gather outside of work for a common cause – saving our precious beaches and waterways. It builds camaraderie and it’s also a lot of fun!

There are close to 20 cleanup sites in Ventura County. For participating beaches and waterways, visit For those of you living in Santa Barbara County, go to

Community Memorial Health System: Saving Lives, Saving the Planet

Gary Wilde, President and CEO of CMHS, believes “Green is the right thing to do” as CMH strives to be one of the few LEED certified hospitals in the nation.

Community Memorial Health System is renowned for saving lives. But did you know that CMHS has been taking huge steps to help save the planet?

The health system is anchored by century-old Community Memorial Hospital and includes Ojai Valley Community Hospital and nine Centers for Family Health. The system is as large as a small city, employing more than 2,000 people.

“We use our internal newsletter to encourage our employees to recycle,” said Michael Ellingson, vice president of marking and development. The two hospitals and the Centers for Family Health collect tons upon tons of recyclables which include cardboard, paper, bottles, cans, batteries, ink toners and even towels. In the near future the hospital hopes to be participating in a pilot food waste program that Harrison is coordinating with Agromin.

Community Memorial Hospital is in the process of building a new hospital on property adjacent to the existing structure. Recently buildings were demolished on the site to make way for the new hospital and the amount of materials hauled away for recycling staggers the imagination.

The hospital has achieved an extraordinary diversion during the demolition phase, as 90 percent of materials will be recycled. Much of the materials were hauled away by Harrison Industries trucks to the Gold Coast Recycling Center and to Agromin. Recyclables from the demolition included 81.6 tons of iron, a ton of copper, 9.6 tons of P&S steel, 2.2 tons of aluminum, 3,600 tons of concrete asphalt and 30 tons of green waste.

Saving lives. Saving the planet. That’s a mission worth supporting.

Picture: CMH employees like Pam Fredrick help make the recycling program a big success.

Moonlight at the Ranch V - September 17
Gold Coast Recycling is the Place to ‘Go Green’

Waste diversion is the first priority of Harrison Industries’ business partner Gold Coast Recycling and Transfer Station, located at 5275 Colt Street in Ventura. It has helped all client cities surpass state recycling mandates by offering a wide variety of services.

  • Recycle Buy-Back Center: GCR pays top prices for aluminum, newspaper, cardboard, junk mail and magazines, paper, CRV 1 through 7 plastic bottles and glass.
  • Free E-Waste Recycling: Don’t throw away your old electronic equipment, or let it pile up in your garage. GCR accepts computers/computer monitors; printers; VCRs and DVD players; televisions; small kitchen appliances; fax machines; iPods; cell phones and smart phones
  • ABOP (Antifreeze, Batteries, Oil and Paint) Recycling: GCR accepts: auto batteries (limit 2); boat and household batteries; antifreeze; motor oil (limit 20 gallons in 5-gallon containers); and latex paint (limit 10 gallons).
  • Drop-off Center: for self haul. Gold Coast Recycling is open 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

For more information, call 642-9236, or visit

What to do with your HHW and Medical Sharps

Gold Coast Recycling, however, does not accept Hazardous Household Waste or medical sharps. HHW includes: oil-base paints; pool and photo chemicals; pesticides and insecticides; cleaning solvents; fertilizers; and fl uorescent light tubes. Medical sharps are used needles and lancers.

Each city and the County of Ventura handle HHW and medical sharps recycling at different locations. For more information, call the city in which you live:

  • Camarillo: 388-5392
  • Carpinteria: 684-5405
  • Fillmore: 524-1500, ext. 227
  • Ojai: 646-2560
  • Thousand Oaks: 449-2428
  • Ventura: 652-4525

For residents of unincorporated areas of Ventura County, call 658-4321.

Harrison Jazzed to Support American Cancer Society’s Bugatti Ball

Harrison Industries President Ralph Harrison and his wife Jenny attended the third annual Evening of Hope Bugatti Ball at the Mullin Automobile Museum and got in the spirit of the benefit’s theme – the Roaring 20s” – by dressing in their vintage clothing best.

Harrison Industries is a Supporting Sponsor of this wonderful costume gala held on Aug. 7 in Oxnard that raised $160,000 for the Ventura County Chapter of the American Cancer Society. Over 300 party-goers mingled while also admiring the museum’s collection of historic French automobiles.

“My wife and I know many cancer survivors and they are so helped by the American Cancer Society,” Ralph said. “It was our real pleasure to attend the event.”

TV actor Patrick Warburton of “Seinfeld” and “Rules of Engagement” fame hosted the gala, which included gourmet dinner as well as a silent and live auction.

“It was an incredible night,” said Sandy Berg, community service director of the California Division of the ACS. “It generated a lot of buzz. Some were dressed like Gatsby and others like Bugsy.”

What’s really incredible is what the American Cancer Society does – provide help and support to for more than 3,000 Ventura District cancer patients each year.

Harrison Industries supports CMH at Golf Benefi t

Picture: Dave Glyer, chief fi nancial officer of Community Memorial Hospital, with Myron Harrison of Harrison Industries at the Technicolor Classic.

Harrison Industries was a Silver Sponsor in the 15th annual Technicolor Golf Classic, which this year benefi tted Community Memorial Hospital and the Alzheimer’s Association.

The two-day tournament was played at the extremely challenging Journey at Pechanga golf course in Temecula. The event raised $250,000 for CMH’s building fund for the new hospital.

Myron Harrison, vice president of Harrison Industries, was joined in his foursome by Mike Marostica, controller of Harrison Industries; Stan Whisenhunt of Whisenhunt Communications; and Steve Shinsky of City National Bank.

“I love play golf and especially when I know it is for such a great, because CMH outreach programs are superior and worth supporting,” Myron said.



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