Ventura’s Environmentally-Friendly Practices
The City of Ventura Public Works Department uses a number of earth-friendly practices to divert waste from landfill including but not limited to:
Concrete/Asphalt Recycling – More than 26,000 tons of concrete, asphalt and soil are recycled during City construction projects each year. Contractors who perform construction and demolition work for the City are directed to divert the materials from landfill disposal.
Green Waste and Wood Recycling – Public Works recycles almost 24,000 tons of green waste and wood each year. Tree trimmings, beach storm debris, and wood from demolition projects are either chipped by City crews or separated and delivered directly to Agromin Premium Soil Products, a local company that processes the materials into soil amendment products. Public Works also gives away free mulch to residents at the Cornucopia Gardens site, 805-658-4754.
BioSolids Recycling – Public Works diverts 17,000 tons of biosolids annually from landfill disposal. The biosolids are generated at the City of Ventura Wastewater Treatment Plant are put through a drying process and used as beneficial cover at the landfill.
Grasscycling – Public Works no longer collects and bags grasses cut at City parks. By allowing grass clippings to decompose naturally, the City saves almost 1,000 tons per year of grass clipping disposal.
Maintenance Services – Public Works reduces waste through a variety of methods including recapping and reusing old tires, reconditioning and reusing antifreeze collected from City vehicles, recycling all motor oil and filters collected from City vehicles, using re-refined motor oil in City vehicles, recycling all automotive batteries, and recycling wood pallets.
Air Quality – The City of Ventura has demonstrated its commitment to clean air by using electric and alternative fuel vehicles in its fleet. The City currently uses 2 electric vehicles and 5 gas- electric hybrid vehicles. Additionally, in cooperation with its Franchise Refuse and Recycling collector (E. J. Harrison and Sons), the City of Ventura has begun implementation of a rigorous Clean Air Plan that replaces diesel with cleaner Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) fuels. A LNG fueling station was installed in 2003 with help from a grant awarded by the Air Quality Control Board, thus allowing for an increasing number of converted trash trucks (diesel to LNG) to run cleanly.
E. J. Harrison Franchise Agreement
Since 1993, the Public Works Department has been responsible for administering the City’s solid waste franchise agreement with Harrison Industries for the collection of refuse, recyclable materials, and green waste materials from Ventura residents and businesses. The agreement was revised in 2006 and will extend until 2016. E.J. Harrison’s compliance with the contract is reviewed annually. If Harrison meets all the requirements of the contract, they are eligible to apply for a small rate increase (usually 1% to 3%) based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
The new franchise agreement has a number of additional requirements not contained in the previous agreement. Significant changes include:
Commercial Unicycling Program – Unicycling allows some businesses to use one container for their trash and recyclables. The messy trash must be bagged and securely tied while recyclable materials are put in loose. The commingled materials are taken to Gold Coast Recycling where the trash bags are removed and the recycling separated by type of material. This is a great benefit for businesses with room for only one refuse container.
Street Sweeping – Harrison is now responsible for regularly scheduled sweeping of all public streets in the City. Residential areas are swept one time per month, commercial areas more frequently.
Clean Air Plan – In addition to the installation of a liquid natural gas (LNG) fueling station, a minimum of 10 E.J. Harrison trash trucks will operate on cleaner burning LNG.
Gold Coast Recycling
The City’s agreement with Gold Coast Recycling was established in 1997. The agreement was revised in 2007. Gold Coast has a large facility called a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) and Transfer Station. The facility accepts large amounts of separated trash and recyclable materials. Trash is trucked to Toland Landfill for disposal. Recyclable materials are sent through a state-of-the-art sorting system where they are separated into different commodities (e.g. paper, cardboard, aluminum, etc.) and shipped off for sale in domestic and foreign markets.