Welcome new EJ Harrison Customers
We’re so happy to have you join our Harrison family. Starting Jan.1, 2024, our new contract with Ventura County takes effect and Harrison will begin serving you and all of your residential trash and recycling needs. You’ll join the thousands of households that we already serve.
Throughout the following sections, you’ll find a wealth of information, we’ll answer questions about Harrison and the services, guidelines and programs we have to serve you; and about new state recycling laws that we are dedicated to observing.
You’ll specifically learn about California Senate Bill 1383, which requires the diversion of organic waste from landfills and mandates residential food recycling. The recycling of organics is an imperative, not only because it’s the law but because it’s the right thing to do. Decomposition of organic materials at landfills create methane, a greenhouse gas 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide when it comes to global warming.
Working with our community partners at Gold Coast Recycling and Agromin, Harrison is developing local, massive, state-of-the-art organic waste recycling facilities. We’re making food waste recycling a top priority — and as simple as possible for you, as we work together to make a positive difference for our environment.
We hope you’ll take a few minutes here to get to know us!
Welcome new customers!
Why do you have a new trash service provider?
After conducting a competitive bidding process, Ventura County officials recently selected E.J. Harrison & Sons to take over trash and recycling services for a number of county residents who live on unincorporated land and are currently being served by WM. Harrison’s new contract takes effect on Jan. 1, 2024.
Harrison already has a long history with Ventura County, having served thousands of households in unincorporated areas for
many years. Under our renewed county contract, we’ve simply added more residents – including you!
What happens next?
Your pickup day of the week WILL NOT CHANGE
All three of your carts for trash, household recycling and organic (yard and food) waste can be set out for weekly curbside collection.
In the coming weeks, new carts will be delivered to you. Our standard-sized carts are 96 gallons each.
If you would like to order any smaller or extra carts, please complete the form below, otherwise you will receive the default 96 gallon cart.
Please fill out the form below with your residential information as well as what size cart you would like. The default EJ Harrison cart size is a 96 gallon cart.
Three Cart Information
E.J. Harrison & Sons has begun delivering new trash and recycling carts – to new developments among a few other neighborhoods – in compliance with California’s Senate Bill 1383, which creates a statewide uniform color system for all carts, bins and roll-offs. The new containers will slowly roll out across the state in the coming years.
Meanwhile, most residents will continue to use their green, blue and tan carts.
Here are the color changes coming, based on SB 1383 rules:
• New black carts will replace green trash carts.
• The blue recycle carts will remain blue.
• New green carts will replace the tan carts that are used for yard/organic waste.
While the state requires all carts to be replaced by 2036, Harrison expects to completely phase in the new carts within a few years. The rollout officially began on Jan. 1, 2022.
The next generation of 32-, 64- and 96-gallon fully automated carts are slightly shorter than the ones they will replace, but they are wider and heavier, which should make them more stable during wind events.
New carts will be delivered to customers along with how-to flyers explaining exactly what to do with each cart.
For more information on Waste Guidelines and carts, click the button below.
EJ Harrison & Sons offers competitive rates for all customers throughout the county. For information on rates and an interactive rate map, please see the links below.
Harrison bills residential customers bimonthly. Look for the bill in your mail, or for online billing click the link below.
Residents age 62 and up who are enrolled in their utilties’ CARE program can take advantage of a 10% senior service discount offered by Harrison. If you qualify, call us at 805-647-1414 to request the discount.
Bulky Item Pickup
For residential customers in unincorporated Ventura County, Harrison offers the curbside collection of up to three bulky items every calendar year, at no extra charge. Commonly accepted items include mattresses, old furniture and appliances. To request a pickup, click the link below or call 800-41-TRASH.
Bulky Item Drop-Off
Harrison customers can drop off unlimited bulky items, excluding construction and demolition debris at Gold Coast Recycling in Ventura, at 5275 Colt Ave. The service is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weedays and one Saturday morning per month. For more information, call 805-624-9236
For those who live in homes set back off the street, we provide drive-in or walk-in service to wherever you can best place your carts with a no-cost disability provision if a household cannot set carts out. To arrange for this service, call 805-647-1414
Household Hazardous Waste Recycling
Residents of unincorporated areas in Ventura County can safely dispose of HHW the fourth Saturday of each month (except November and December) at Ventura County’s Pollution Prevention Center. Appointments are required. Call 805-658-4323.
- HHW items include batteries (automotive and household), compressed gas/propane tanks (under five gallons), cosmetics (nail polishes, removers, etc.), fire extinguishers, light bulbs, non-narcotic drugs, paints, pesticides and fertilizers, pool supplies, used oil filters, and used or contaminated motor oil and gasoline.
- The quantity limit per visit is 15 gallons or 125 pounds of waste.
- 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.
Residents of unincorporated Ventura County can drop off their used household batteries at the Ventura County Pollution Prevention Center HHW Collection Program, at 5777 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura; 805-658-4323.
Throughout Ventura County, many other agencies and businesses will accept household batteries. To find a location near you, call 1-800-CLEANUP or visit earth911.com.
Residents of unincorporated Ventura County can safely dispose of motor oil at Gold Coast Recycling in Ventura, at 5275 Colt St.; call ahead to confirm hours and service availability.
Throughout Ventura County, many businesses will accept used motor oil.To find a location near you, call 1-800-CLEANUP or visit earth911.com.
Extra holiday trash and recycling will be collected at no additional charge, for your first two January pickups. Through Saturday, Jan. 13, you can set extra bags of trash and extra recyclables next to your regular trash and recylcing carts. We just ask that you flatten all boxes.
Christmas tree recycling is available through Jan. 13, as well. Simply remove everything, including tinsel, from your tree, cut it into 4-foot branches and put it in your yard waste cart. Or, place the whole Christmas tree at the curb on collection day. We’ll make sure your tree goes back to the earth. (Flocked trees are accepted.)
2023 Holiday Schedule
There will be NO changes in collection service for the following holidays:
- New Years Day
Sunday, Jan. 1
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, Jan. 16
- Presidents Day
Monday, Feb. 20
Monday, June 19
- Indigenous Peoples Day
Monday, October 9
- Veterans Day
Saturday, Nov. 11
There will be a ONE-DAY DELAY in service for the following collection days:
- Memorial Day
Monday, May 29
Delay for all Monday through Friday customers
- Independence Day
Tuesday, July 4
Delay for all Tuesday through Friday customers
- Labor Day
Monday, Sept. 4
Delay for all Monday through Friday customers
Thursday, Nov. 23
Delay for all Thursday and Friday customers
Monday, Dec. 25
Delay for all Monday through Friday customers
Food Waste Recycling
Climate change is here, and we at Harrison are battling it, and we’re asking our residential customers to help out, by recycling all of your food waste.
Four simple things to know:
- One-third of all food in this country goes uneaten.
- Until recently, virtually all food waste went to the landfill.
- Landfilled food waste emits methane gas that causes global warming.
- Food waste is now fully recyclable (in the organic waste cart).
With countless tons of organic material decomposing in landfills, the state of California began in 2022 to require the diversion of food waste from landfills.
In response, Harrison and Agromin created two local, world-class organic waste recycling facilities and, with our partners at Gold Coast Recycling, added a food recycling program for all residential customers. And we have made participation as easy as possible.
Just collect your food waste in plastic or paper bags, secure them tightly and put them in your curbside organic (yard and food) waste cart. Even if you only have food waste bags and no yard waste, you can still put them in your organic waste cart and take it to the curb. Remember that we pick up all three carts – organics, recycling and trash – every week.
For more information about food waste recycling and the state legislation that mandates it, click the link below.