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Harrison Industries Looks Ahead on 80th Anniversary

While Harrison Industries has a history of successful yesterdays, Harrison brothers Ralph, Myron and Jim are more concerned about what the company can do better with its tomorrows. The company is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year.

What began as a one-truck operation with the late founder E. J. Harrison hauling trash for his neighbors, the company now serves more than 90,000 residential customers in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties with a fleet of 125 trucks, many of them running on clean-burning liquefied natural gas.

While steeped in tradition, Harrison Industries has thrived because we are always looking ahead, working with our client cities and the County of Ventura to reach the state goal of diverting 75 percent of waste from landfills by 2020.

Our most exciting mission as we enter our 80th year is working with strategic partners Agromin and Limoneria in a two-pronged effort to reduce waste and create energy by developing a food waste program with local businesses. Food waste is being collected by Harrison Industries and taken to Agromin where a pilot program is taking place to see how green waste and food waste combined in a covered static pile system turns out. In the future, this product will be placed in a digester to create energy.

In our ongoing public outreach efforts, Harrison is expanding our efforts to inform the citizenry about the importance of recycling and how to do it.

In addition to recycling newsletters and other materials, we have had a 15-minute video produced which will be available to schools and

Walk-In Trash Service for Part-Time Residents

Walk-in trash service is available to those in the Channel Islands Beach Community Services District who are part-time residents and not able to take their trash and recycling barrels out to the curb.

E.J. Harrison & Sons drivers will pull your barrels out to the curb, empty and return them. The charge for this service is $43.18 a month. Please remember barrels are not to be left on the curbside except for scheduled trash pick-up days.

This walk-in service is available twice a week during the summer months to accommodate summer rentals or large family gatherings. Additional recycling or trash barrels are also available for an additional monthly fee.

In addition, 3-yard bins are available to residents for cleanup jobs that don’t fit in a trash barrel. Call the CIBCSD office at 985-6021 to order. The charge is $95 and requires 24 hours notice. Larger 20-yard and 40-yard bins are available by calling EJ Harrison & Sons directly at 647-1414.

The CIBCSD office has recycling bins located in the front office parking lot that are available to residents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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community service groups that want to know more about recycling. Coming soon is our upgraded user-friendly website that will allow our customers to order special services online.

Much has changed since our humble beginnings in 1932 and more exciting and challenging milestones lie just ahead.

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Join the March toward Zero Waste by Recycling

Residents of the Channel Islands Beach Communities are among the best recyclers in California. According to the latest figures released by CalRecycle, Ventura County’s diversion rate has climbed past 60 percent – much higher than the statewide average and the mandated 50 percent. Keep up the good work! But we can do better. Join Harrison Industries and our strategic partner, Gold Coast Recycling and Transfer Station (GCR), as we move toward ZERO waste.

Curbside Recycling:

Start by filling your curbside blue recycling container to the hilt! There is very little that you cannot recycle.

  • Blue Recycling Container: The following items are accepted: newspapers; glass containers, including all food and beverage containers; plastic CRV containers 1-7; all steel, tin and aluminum food and beverage containers (please empty); cardboard; magazines and paper/junk mail.
  • Green Trash Container: Place what’s left, there shouldn’t be much.

Gold Coast Recycling & Transfer Station:

Waste diversion is the first priority of Gold Coast Recycling and Transfer Station, located at 5275 Colt Street in Ventura. It offers a wide variety of services.

  • Recycle Buy-Back Center: GCR pays top prices for aluminum; newspaper; paper and cardboard; junk mail and magazines; CRV 1-7 plastic bottles and glass.
  • Free E-Waste Recycling: Don’t throw away your old electronic equipment or let it pile up. GCR accepts computers/computer monitors; printers; VCRs and DVD players; televisions; small kitchen appliances; fax machines; iPods; cell phones and smartphones.
  • 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).
    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 www.goldcoastrecycling.com.


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What goes in the Trash?

Hopefully, very little. After you have recycled and donated old clothing and goods – most of the rest can go in the trash.

What Doesn’t go in the Trash or any other cart?

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These items are NOT accepted for Trash or Recycling.

  • Hazardous Waste
  • Tires
  • TVs/Computer Monitors
  • Batteries
  • Closed Containers
  • Oil or Paints
  • Fluorescent Light Tubes & Bulbs
  • Medical Needles

For information on how to safely dispose of these items, please call (805) 985-6021.

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Household Hazardous Waste:

HHW includes: oil-base paints; pool and photo chemicals; pesticides and insecticides; cleaning solvents; fertilizers and fluorescent light tubes.

Channel Islands Beach Communities residents can safely dispose of HHW the second Friday and Saturday of each month at the Camarillo Clean Harbors facility. Appointments are required. Call 987-0717. Quantity limits: 15 gallons or 125 pounds of waste per visit.

The following items are not accepted at the monthly HHW events: fireworks, smoke detectors, radioactive and medical waste; explosive materials; compressed gas cylinders; tires; and trash.