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Trash, Recycling, Composting Continue Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Resources Available for Businesses Throughout the County

Happy to Host the March Chamber Connection Breakfast

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Trash, Recycling, Composting Continue Amid COVID-19 

With the health and safety of employees, customers and communities of utmost importance, we at Harrison and our partners at Gold Coast Recycling and Agromin are closely following the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and all relevant federal, state and local agencies to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Operations at all our facilities are generally continuing unabated. The only significant change affecting customers is at Gold Coast, where the Buy-Back Center at its Colt Street facility in Ventura has been closed until further notice, to protect the safety of customers and employees. Residential and commercial recycling continues as usual.

At Harrison, "we do not anticipate having to change our normal trash-collection operations," said General Manager Lynn Harrison. "We are monitoring the situation closely and if the need arises, we will adapt our operations. We will update the public immediately if we believe any significant changes are required."

At Gold Coast, "our operation is in full working order," said General Manager George Harrison. "We're aided greatly by the recent systems upgrade, particularly to the picking line, where employees can easily stand six feet apart and all employees wear protective gloves and masks."

At Agromin, "we do not anticipate having any changes to our normal operations," said CEO Bill Camarillo. "Our facility is open for business based on the guidelines from local government and health officials. We will continue to monitor the situation and email updates as necessary."

"We are grateful for your continued support," Camarillo said. "Please take care of one another. Stay safe and healthy."

Thanking all our customers, we appreciate your understanding at this unique and challenging time. We will continue to provide the essential solid waste and recycle services we have committed to perform. As always, we will operate under our company motto that Service is Everything.
Resources Available for Businesses Throughout the County

On a broader scale, here's a note from Stephanie Caldwell, president and CEO of the Ventura Chamber, on local resources available to businesses across Ventura County:

"The Ventura Chamber of Commerce is working hard to continue to provide our members with the access, information and resources needed to weather the coronavirus pandemic. Obviously, the health and safety of our community, employees and families is of the utmost importance. 

"Out of respect for the federal, state and local guidelines and concern for the health and safety of our community, all Chamber events and programs have been cancelled or rescheduled. We urge you to abide by the CDC guidelines and stay safe.

"The information that we have been receiving has been rapidly changing and very fluid. We are committed to being a resource for our members. Below are some links to critical resources for businesses throughout Ventura County. I encourage you to investigate the help available based on your specific needs. Please rely on official sources first and foremost.

"Together we will survive this and continue to be Ventura Strong!"

As a senior director of the Ventura Chamber, I assure you we all are anxiously awaiting a return to normal. We will of course keep you updated. Meanwhile, here are some resources:
  • The Economic Development Collaborative has put together a list of resources for business, including how to access unemployment and workshare programs. You can find them at 
  • The Small Business Administration offers assistance to small businesses that have been economically impacted by the coronavirus. For more information about available SBA resources and services, visit
  • Women's Economic Ventures also has a number of programs to assist small businesses. Visit 
Happy to Host the March Chamber Connection Breakfast

As noted, all Ventura Chamber events have been cancelled until further notice. Before that changed, Harrison was honored to host the Ventura Chamber's March Connection Breakfast, on March 6 at the Pierpont Inn. Nearly 200 local businesspeople shared in a wonderful morning of information, laughter, networking and lifting each other up, as well as a great breakfast.

A contingent of us from Harrison were on hand to present a brief update on the world of recycling and we showed our new video on the newly upgraded state-of-the-art systems at Gold Coast Recycling.

A highlight was the centerpieces we created for each table, using all repurposed materials, from the "vases" - everything from empty jelly jars to detergent bottles - to the flowers, which were freshly picked from the beautiful flower fields in Ventura.

Sharing Information on Recycling
We also distributed to everyone our new informational flyer that lists and briefly explains the most pertinent state laws and offers some background and other vital facts on the subject.

Under the headline "The Facts of California Waste Management Laws," the flyer's main story looks specifically at four state laws that have most greatly impacted our traditional and organic recycling efforts over the past 30 years: Assembly Bills 939, 341 and 1826 and Senate Bill 1383.

The flyer also includes a breakout backstory on the challenges of recycling in today's world; the flip side presents our plea for everyone to "keep on recycling!" along with a list of what can and cannot be recycled.

We urge all businesses and individuals to be informed - to know the laws and what should be done to heed them. If you have additional recycling questions, contact Harrison's Donald Sealund at 805-647-1414, ext. 4318, or
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