Service Areas 3, 5 & 11

E.J. Harrison & Sons is proud to have served most of the communities in Ventura County for nearly 85 years. Founded in 1932, we will soon celebrate our 90th anniversary in business. We owe great thanks for our success to our dedicated employees, many of whom have served the company for more than 40 years.

Trash is limited to what fits in the barrel.
Basic service: 96-gallon trash barrel; 64-gallon recycle; 96-gallon yard waste.

There is weekly trash, recycle and yard waste pickup.

Residents of service areas 3, 5 & 11 are allowed 2 bulky item pickups free of charge once each calendar year.

A service discount is offered to those age 62 and over. Mail-in proof is required.

For pricing or other information, call 805-647-1414 or 1-800-41-TRASH. Restart fee applies (if service is canceled and later restarted).

Service Area 3 – El Rio, Nyeland Acres and Somis

About El Rio
El Rio is an unincorporated agricultural community in Ventura County with a population of 7,198 at the 2010 census.

The town was founded in 1875 and named New Jerusalem by Simon Cohn, a Prussian Jewish merchant who owned a general store at the location. The postal authority changed the name of the town to Jerusalem in 1895 and four months later changed it to Elrio, one word.

In 1905, it was renamed El Rio, two words, which means “the river” in Spanish and refers to the nearby Santa Clara River.

About Nyeland Acres
Nyeland Acres is an unincorporated agricultural community in Ventura County near Oxnard and the cross-section of the 1 and 101 freeways. Its population at the 2010 census was 2,190, with a more recent listing at 2,643. The community dates back to 1945 and has developed rapidly in recent years – by an estimated 23% since 2000.

About Somis
Somis is an unincorporated area in Ventura County just north of Camarillo in the Las Posas Valley, with a population of 2,946 at the 2010 census.

Somis is primarily an agricultural area but is home to a fire station, a hardware store, the Somis Market and Café and several shops, including the Somis Nut House. Many estates and ranches surround the community.

Established in 1892 by Thomas Bard and D.T. Perkins, Somis may have been derived from a Chumash word for “water of the scrub oak,” referring to the presence of water there.

Service Area 5 – Santa Rosa Valley

About Santa Rosa Valley
Santa Rosa Valley is a rural, unincorporated equestrian community of rolling hills in Ventura County between Camarillo, Moorpark and Thousand Oaks, with a population of 3,334 at the 2010 census. Bordering on a number of trails and parks, the area is supported by an economy based largely on the industries of agriculture, biotechnology, telecommunications, manufacturing and tourism.

Known as Šumpaši in pre-colonial times, Santa Rosa Valley was home to a Chumash village located by Conejo Creek.

Service Area 11 – Unincorporated Moorpark

About Moorpark unincorporated area
The unincorporated area surrounds the city of Moorpark (population 34,421 at the 2010 census); Moorpark was founded in 1900 by Robert Poindexter, and presumably was named after the Moorpark apricots that grew in the area.

The town grew from just over 4,000 citizens in 1980 to more than 25,000 by 1990 and has been one of the fastest-growing cities in Ventura County, at least through 2006.

Some of Moorpark’s previous unofficial and official names include Epworth, Fremontville, Penrose, Fairview and Little Simi.

Gold Coast Recycling & Transfer Station

Gold Coast Recycling and Transfer Station
Phone: 805-642-9236

Waste diversion is the first priority of Gold Coast Recycling and Transfer Station, located at 5275 Colt St. in Ventura. It has helped all client cities surpass state recycling mandates by offering a wide variety of services, including the following:

Gold Coast Recycling hours of operation are 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and closed Sundays.

Gold Coast’s Recycle Buy-Back Center is open from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday; closed Sundays.


Phone: 1-800-AGROMIN (247-6646)

You know all those grass clippings, tree branches and leaves that you place in your brown green-waste container? For the past two decades, Harrison Industries trucks have transported them to our strategic partner Agromin Premium Soil Products, which each year uses cutting-edge technology to convert almost 380,000 tons of the green waste materials into its organic mulches, compost, wood chips and other products that naturally fertilize plants and trees.

Agromin has more than 240 premium soil products and sells them at 41 retail locations in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. These products save water, help reduce soil erosion and reduce the use of non-organic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides – making our air and water cleaner.

In addition to the retail locations, Agromin offers its products online.

Agromin also is in the process of transforming its existing green waste compost facility on its 9.6-acre site in the Santa Clara Valley into a 26-acre Biogenic Energy Park that will convert food waste into biogenetic renewable energy. The facility will help accommodate the residential curbside food waste recycling program that Harrison is in the process of implementing, in compliance with state laws.

As stewards of our environment, Agromin is committed to the protection and renewal of our soil resources, to build a more sustainable future and greener world – for us, for our children and for generations to come.

Household Hazardous Waste Recycling

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

Residents and businesses in service areas 1, 2 & 4 can safely dispose of HHW the fourth Saturday of each month (closed May, November and December) at Ventura County’s Pollution Prevention Center. Appointments are required. Call 805-658-4323.

Quantity limits: 15 gallons or 125 pounds of waste per visit.

The following items are not accepted: fireworks; smoke detectors; radioactive and medical waste; explosive materials; compressed gas cylinders; tires; appliances with freon; and trash.

Medical Sharps Recycling

Many regional and local medical centers and public health centers will accept used needles and lancets (sharps) from residents in service areas 3, 5 and 11, for proper and convenient disposal. For availability, hours, addresses and additional information, call a center near you.

The following are among the centers in Oxnard that may offer sharps disposal, and their phone numbers: St. John’s Regional Medical Center community health department, 805-988-2865; Ventura County public health clinics, 805-981-5221 or 805-385-9451; Magnolia Family Medical Center, 805-981-5151; and Las Islas Family Medical Group, 805-240-7000.

Moorpark area residents can call the Moorpark Family Medical Clinic, at 805-523-5400.

Santa Rosa Valley and Somis residents can take their used needles and lancets (sharps) to St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital, at 2309 Antonio Ave., in Camarillo. Call 805-389-5800 for hours and additional information.