Refuse Collection Delayed One Day for Memorial Day Holiday

Refuse Collection Delayed One Day for Memorial Day Holiday

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, employees of Harrison Industries
will be taking the day off on Monday, May 30. As a result, Harrison will collect
trash, recycling and yard/organic waste one day later than usual during the
week of May 29 to June 4. The regular schedule will resume the following

 To see EJ Harrison’s full Holiday Schedule, follow the link below.

Please Recycle Your Food Waste!

Please Recycle Your Food Waste!

As most of our customers know, Harrison is now accepting residential food waste for weekly collection and recycling. We hope everyone is taking advantage of this invaluable new service.

Simply place all of your food waste in plastic or paper bags; securely close the bags (tie off plastic bags and tightly fold paper bags); and place them in your yard waste carts, for collection along with your (loose) yard waste on your regular service day.

NOTE: FOOD WASTE MUST BE BAGGED, so we can separate it out for use as compost, fertilizer, animal feed and other green products.

Food waste recycling is not just the right thing to do; it’s the law, as set forth in California Senate Bill 1383, which took effect in January as a mandate to set our state on the right path toward reversing climate change. Food waste emits destructive methane gas as it decays, damaging our atmosphere and causing global warming.

ALL FOOD WASTE is accepted for recycling, including bones, peels, shells and coffee grounds. DO NOT place trash; non-organic recyclables (plastic, metal, glass); pet waste; or Styrofoam in yard waste carts.

Click here for all the information, including a complete Q&A, on food waste recycling.

Food Waste Recycling Starts in the New Year!

Food Waste Recycling Starts in the New Year!

Starting Jan. 3, food waste recycling services begin for all residents of cities served by Harrison Industries. (Residents in unincorporated areas will begin in mid 2022.)

The program is simple: Just place all of your food waste in plastic bags (anything from bread bags to trash bags will do); tie the bags and place them in your yard waste carts, for collection along with your (loose) yard waste on your regular service day.

We will take it from there, to make sure it’s all turned into organic compost or other products.

Taking effect on Jan. 1, California Senate Bill 1383 requires communities statewide to prohibit organic waste from going
to landfills. Food and other organic waste emits destructive methane gas as it decays, damaging the Earth’s atmosphere
and causing global warming.

* ALL FOOD WASTE IS ACCEPTED FOR RECYCLING * including: bones, peels, egg shells and coffee grounds.

DO NOT place trash – including non-organic recyclables (plastic, metal, glass), pet waste or Styrofoam – in yard waste carts.

Visit Harrison, Gold Coast Recycling and Agromin for more information on their services.

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

E.J. Harrison & Sons, Newbury Disposal and Santa Clara Valley Disposal ask, “Why not turn your Christmas Tree into a gift to Mother Earth by recycling it?”

After Christmas from Dec. 26 to Jan. 8 Just do this:

(Flocked Trees can now be recycled)

  • Remove all ornaments, hooks, lights, tinsel, nails and stands
  • Cut into 4 – foot sections
  • Place in Yard Waste Card on your scheduled pick-up day, or curbside if you have no Yard Waste Card

Apartment and condo dwellers, please contact your management to make sure they have arranged for Christmas tree collection.
Trees that are collected will be processed into various sizes of mulch by Agromin. The material is used to make several products that benefit our farmlands, orchards, nurseries, landscape projects and home gardens.
You can buy a wide array Agromin soil amendments at a number of businesses in Ventura County. For locations visit, where you also can order Agromin products online. Do so, and you’re giving a holiday gift that keeps on giving.

Harrison Industries serves the cities and surrounding unincorporated areas of Ventura, Ojai and Camarillo as well as the unincorporated areas of El Rio, Somis, Ojai Valley, the Channel Islands beach communities and the city of Carpinteria as E.J. Harrison and Sons; Fillmore and surrounding unincorporated areas as Santa Clara Valley Disposal; and unincorporated areas of Newbury Park as Newbury Disposal. 

Prevent Food Waste; Save Money and Resources

Prevent Food Waste; Save Money and Resources

We Americans waste a lot of food. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, each of us tosses out about a pound of food each day, on average.

That amounts to about a third of all the food that’s produced in our country – and about 150,000 tons of food EVERY DAY. Fruits and vegetables are the most likely to be discarded, followed by dairy and meat.

What a massive waste of resources – and money! In dollars, it’s estimated to equal $218 billion a year – more than the state of California’s annual budget.

Even as we look ahead to the coming of curbside food waste recycling, we all should do our part to shop smarter and waste less. Here are some easy tips to reduce food waste:

Shop smart

  • Browse at home first. Before you shop, survey your fridge and cupboards to avoid buying food you already have.
  • Eat before you shop. Impulse food buying goes through the roof when we’re hungry. We shop much smarter when our bellies are full.
  • Have a menu. Make a list of the meal and snack ingredients you’ll need to feed your household until your next shopping trip. (Pro tip: Include a “leftovers night.”) This will greatly help you buy only what you need.
  • Buy fresh foods in small quantities. Perishables are, of course, the most wasted foods. Seriously consider how much you really eat. Don’t buy four salad meals if you’re only likely to eat two. Don’t buy a dozen bananas for one person.

Store food effectively

  • Prominently display perishables. Before you put your fresh food items away, take the time to wash, dry and prep them and then place them in clear storage containers for easy use.
  • Consider your containers. Use storage bags or filtered bins designed to help extend the life of your produce.
  • Check sell-by dates. Eat the food in order of stated or likely expiration.
  • Do your homework. Learn which fruits and vegetables stay fresh longer inside or outside the fridge.
  • Use your freezer. Whenever possible, freeze items for later. Many perishables can be frozen – including a lot that may surprise you. Here’s a partial list: nuts; fresh fruits including seedless grapes, bananas, berries and avocados; fresh veggies including onions, peppers, spinach, mushrooms and corn; fresh herbs; tomato paste, purees and sauces; soups and chili; mashed potatoes; rice and other grains; cooked pasta; fresh milk and buttermilk; yogurt; butter; eggs; cheese; and bacon. Note: Many foods will need to be stored specially and thawed in particular ways; Google it for details.

Give back to the Earth!

  • Compost. Even without your trash hauler’s help, a lot of your food waste, as well as yard and other waste, can bypass your trash, recycling and yard waste barrels – via home compost systems. Backyard composting bins can be simple, but you have to pay attention to the instructions, as they do require particular amounts of heat, moisture, content balance and care.

What’s compostable? Here’s a partial list: produce; eggshells; coffee grounds and filters; tea bags; nutshells; shredded newspaper; yard trimmings and grass clippings; houseplants, hay and straw; leaves; sawdust and wood chips; cotton and wool rags; dryer and vacuum lint; hair and fur; and fireplace ashes.Contact your local city or garden center for details and any available incentives to set up a home composter.

Join Us in Making Earth Day Every Day

Join Us in Making Earth Day Every Day

Earth Day is one day a year: April 22. But its message is ongoing.

Facing the dire effects of climate change, the Earth desperately needs our help. At Harrison, we do our part every day – running a clean company with our fleet of all natural-gas trucks and evident in our consistent place on the Climate Registry, which honors companies throughout North America that take voluntary steps to measure their operations’ carbon footprints.

Locally, we help year-round in our communities, by co-sponsoring cleanup events whenever asked, and we continue to support the Ventura Surfrider Foundation in its vital beach cleanups.

Through advanced recycling practices and community advocacy, we take great pride in doing whatever we can to prevent waste from ending up in the landfills, which emit the toxic methane gases that present the greatest threat to our environment.

As we do what we can to help, we hope that you will too, in the easy ways you can. Keep recycling, of course. Cut down on plastic. And help out in your community: Take a bag with you when you go walking and make a fun chore of picking up random trash, which would otherwise end up in the sewer system and ultimately our oceans.

Our wish for Earth Day and every day is that you’ll join us in doing your part to keep our beaches, the ocean and our land empty of trash.

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