Solid Waste and Recycling
Residents in the unincorporated Ojai Valley area should contact the County of Ventura for information.
AB 1826 Requires Organic Recycling to
Increasing Number of Businesses
California Assembly Bill 1826, which went into effect on April 1, 2016, required all businesses which generate eight cubic yards or more per week of organic waste such food waste, green waste, landscaping waste and nonhazardous wood waste, to sign up for commercial organic recycling.
Beginning on Jan. 1, 2017, businesses generating four cubic yards of organic waste per week are also required to comply with AB 1826. And, come Jan. 1, 2019, businesses generating four cubic yards of commercial solid waste per week will be affected by AB 1826.
Multi-family residences and mobile park communities with over five units are required to comply with AB 1826 by having onsite yard waste collection or recycling verification from a landscaping service.
AB 1826 helps implement AB 341, the 2011 landmark recycling law that established the goal of diverting at least 75 percent of California’s solid waste away from landfills by 2020. AB 1826 accomplishes this by diverting methane-gas-producing organic food and yard waste away from landfills and into programs created by Harrison and its franchise clients that recycle the waste we deliver to our strategic partner Agromin. Agromin turns the waste into renewable resources such as biofuels and nutrientrich compost for agriculture.
In addition to reducing the amount of methane gas generated in landfills, the intent of this regulation is to create cleaner air for all. Harrison Industries can provide a free waste assessment to assist businesses with appropriate compliance measures and to determine if this service is needed at this time.
Organic waste is food waste, yard and landscape waste and nonhazardous wood waste. Outreach materials are available at www.ejharrison.
com to help inform you about the requirements for commercial organic recycling. You can also visit the Cal Recycle website at www.calrecycle.ca.gov/recycle/commercial/organics. For more information or to sign up for your free assessment, contact Daniel Harrison at
AB341 Mandatory Commercial Recycling
What is AB341?
California Assembly Bill 341 is mandating commercial
recycling for all businesses that generate more than 4 cubic
yards of waste per week & Multi‐Family dwellings with 5 or
more units. (Regardless of the amount of waste
What Can I Do
Here are a few things you can do to assure compliance with this
- Make sure all employees are aware of what
materials can be recycled.
- Contact E.J. Harrison, they can provide waste
assessments to help you comply or improve
your waste diversion.
- For Multi Family units, property managers can
inform tenants of what materials can be
Trash/Recycling Collection Services are provided in the City of Ojai by E. J. Harrison and Sons. Ojai Municipal Code requires all households and businesses to have service. Contact E. J. Harrison at 647-1414 to sign up for service or for questions regarding trash, recycling, or yard trimmings related issues. The City’s Curbside Recycling Program accepts plastic bottles with numbers 1 and 2, glass bottles, jars, metal cans, newspapers, phone books, cardboard, empty and dry paint cans, junk mail, paper bags, mixed paper, and empty aerosol cans. http://www.ejharrison.com
What is Recyclable?
- Plastics (including nursery pots, yogurt containers and toys)
- Newspaper, junk mail, paper
- Aluminum Cans
- Cardboard, magazines
- Glass containers, Jars
What I Can’t Recycle?
- Hazardous waste
- TV’s / Computer monitors
- Closed Containers
- Oils or paints
- Florescent light tubes
- Medical needles
- medicine, prescriptions
Bulky item disposal
Once a year, Ojai Residents are eligible for two bulky items to be collected at no additional
costs. Please contact EJ Harrison to arrange for pick up at
Just a Friendly reminder
- keep trash and Recyclables inside your barrels
- Do not place extra materials next to the barrels
- If you have extra trash or recyclables to collect please contact E.J. Harrison and make arrangements for collection
- E.J Harrison 805-647-1414
Guidelines for Yard Waste
- Yard Trimmings
- Plants, flowers
- Scrap Lumber
- Grass, leaves, small Branches
- Garden hoses
- Yucca or palm fronds
- Flower Pots
- Plastic Bags
- Dirt or Rocks
Remember carts should be placed 2-3 feet apart from each other so the arm of the trash truck can grab the carts.
Don’t throw them away Recycle them!
The City of Ojai and the County of Ventura offer free ongoing electronics
recovery programs and drop off sites:
Power Self Storage – Ventura
1661 S. Victoria Ave.
Hours: Mon – Sat. 10 am to 4:30 pm
This is a self service location. No limit to
size or volume. Accepts all types of
electronics. Inquire at the location with
Habitat for Humanity – Oxnard location
121 S. Rice Ave.
Hours: Tue‐Fri. 9 am to 4:30 pm
Saturday 8 am to 3:30 pm
This is a self service location. No assistance
to unload is provided. No limit to size or
volume. Accepts all types of electronics.
Inquire at the location with questions or
PC Recycles – Newbury Park
2580 Azurite Circle
Newbury Park, Ca.
www.pcrecycle.net Pick up available from
home or office for a reasonable pick up fee.
|5275 Colt St.
Mon – Fri 8 am to 7
pm Sat.8 am to 5 pm
|Limit of 3
per month for
|Santa Clara HHW
Saturday in the
months of April &
Paula, and Ojai
|Limited to 3
computer / TV/
CRT per event
|Ojai Valley Area
events held 4th
Saturday of each
May November &
Paula, & Ojai
|Most types of
Limited to 3
computer / TV/
CRT per event
Televisions & Computer monitors, cathode ray tubes (CRT’s) (limit 5 per event, month)
Printers, scanners, PDA’s and pagers, fax and copy machines, video games stations (x‐box,
PlayStations, Gameboy, etc.) computer mouse’s, keyboards, cd drivers, cellular phones, stereo
Systems VCR and DVD payers and laptops.
For more information you may contact City of Ojai Public Works at (805)‐646‐5581 EXT 209 or their Solid
Waste Coordinators at Solid Waste Solutions (805)495‐7521
Larger Businesses in Ventura County, who cannot participate, due to larger volumes, can contact
one of the companies below that operate in the Ventura County Area.
HMR‐USA (310)329‐3458, PC Recycles (805)499‐0050, MSE Environmental (805)442‐7900
Grasscycling is a simple and natural approach to lawn care; clippings are left on the lawn after mowing to decompose quickly, releasing valuable nutrients back into the soil. Proper watering, moving, and fertilizing of a
lawn results in moderate turf growth. Did you know many residents spend a significant amount of time tending to their lawn? If you mow your lawn with the mowing bag attached, you need to stop and empty it frequently. After that, you have to put the grass into bags and into the container and to the curb on your pick up day. Follow these simple steps to:
- Use a mulching mover that will cut into finer pieces.
- Cut no more than 1/3 of the length of the blade of grass at a time and to maintain the grass at a height of two to three inches, depending on the type of grass.
- During summer months, mowing should be done once a week
- Cutting grass when it’s dry allows for better distribution of the clippings and lowers the chance of clogging your lawn mower and making it stall.
Watering your lawn: The most common grass species need between ½ to 1 inch of water every 5 to 7 days, when the weather is warmer and much less when weather is cool. How to tell when your lawn needs watering? Its simple, in the early morning, walk across your lawn. If the grass blades stay bent down for more than 1‐2 minutes, then your grass needs watering. Check your lawn each day if you want to avoid under or over watering. Fertilizing your lawn; Fertilizers are used to improve & maintain the quality & appearance of your lawn and garden. Before fertilizing your lawn, a soil test should be done to determine the natural fertility of your soil under your lawn. The results will tell you the types and quantities of nutrients soil can provide to your lawn. More information contact: www.smartgardening.com or 1‐888‐253‐2652
Compost is an excellent soil conditioner. It improves the soil structure by
binding soil particles together. This improves aeration and helps soil to retain
water and nutrients. Compost also improves drainage in clay soils and water
retention in sandy soils. Backyard Composting is attractive to because it is a
simple method of managing organic wastes at home. Typically home composting can be done by various
methods: placing materials in open piles, burying materials in pits or trenches, enclosing materials in
drums or bins. In order to heat up properly the piles should be at least on cubic yard in size. Below are
some composting tips to help you along.
- Grass clippings add nitrogen which is necessary to a compost pile. Be sure to mix with brown
materials that add carbon. This will help the pile quickly decompress and enrich compost.
- Newspaper or plain white paper is excellent for composting – just remember to shred it first to
speed up the process.
- If adding ashes, do so sparingly. they are alkaline and affect the PH of the pile.
- The microbes responsible for breaking down your compost pile need a balanced diet of nitrogen
and carbon. Nitrogen such as green materials, food scraps, manure and grass clippings. Carbon
comes from brown material such as dead leaves, hay, and wood chips.
- Algae and seaweed make excellent additions; Be sure to rinse off any salts before using.
- Keep compost in a black plastic bin and in direct sunlight through the winter months.
- Compost decomposes between 120 & 160 degrees F.
- The perfect size for a pile is 3’ x 3’ .
- Do not compost fats, pet droppings or animal products. This will attract pests and can spread
- Plants that have been treated with pesticides should be avoided.
- Don’t throw away your kitchen waste in the winter, try an indoor composter.
- Compost piles should be moist, not wet.
Apply finished compost to your garden 2‐4 weeks before you plant, giving the compost time to integrate
and stabilize with the current soil. For faster results, use a compost turner every two weeks to aerate
your pile. Find out more facts and composting tips at smartgardening.com or www.calrecycle.com.
Dumpster & Roll-off Services
Dumpster and Roll‐off Services can be provided by The City of Ojai’s franchised hauler E.J.
Harrison and Sons. Part of the City’s exclusive franchise with Harrison requires Harrison to sort
all roll‐off boxes to maximize diversion of construction and demolition materials. No other
dumpsters or haulers are permitted to collect solid waste or construction / demolition. Waste
generators can receive significant discounts for sorting construction debris on‐site. For rate
information or to order your bin contact E.J. Harrison at 805‐647‐1414. You can also order
online at http://www.ejharrison.com/online/roll_off_bins.html or fax to 805‐644‐7751
Construction & Demolition Program
The City of Ojai has a Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling Program. Getting started
With your affidavit and certification to implement a Waste Reduction and Recycling Summary
(WRRS). Below is a few steps in making this certification complete:
- Complete and submit a signed affidavit and certification to the Planning Division, located at 401 S. Ventura Street, Ojai, and Ca. 93023. Please keep a copy for your records.
- The Applicant (e.g., architect, owner, etc.) is responsible for submitting the forms to implement their WRRS with their building Permit Application.
- Inform all subcontractors of your waste reduction and recycling plan for the project.
They play a key role in providing documentation for any materials they are hauling. This must include types, quantities and destination of materials collected. This includes amounts salvaged or recycled.
- Where to take your materials? Included in the packet is a Builders Recycling Resource
List; this list consists of facilities and the materials they accept. This is also available at www.CalRecycle.ca.gov/ConDemo/Recycliers
- Summary Report: After your building permit is issued you will need to begin recording information for your summary report. These report documents and tracks actual tonnages.
- Complete and submit your summary Report.
- Due Date: Summary Reports are due 5 (five) days prior to the Final Inspection.
- Review Process: After final inspection the Planning Director will sign off on the Summary Report indicating the project is in Compliance with all AB939 Solid Waste Conditions.