Waste Audit Ventura

A recent waste audit of residential trash (green carts) by the Environmental Sustainability Division made some interesting discoveries! In addition to landfill bound trash, the top recyclable items that were found are paper (11%) and plastic containers (6%).

What does this mean?

While Ventura’s landfill diversion rate is an impressive 74%, this recyclable paper and plastic found during the recent waste audit indicates there is still a need to take note of what’s recyclable (or not) in order to divert more recyclables from the landfill.

City staffers at the recent waste assessment

City staffers at the recent waste assessment

So, just what types of paper and plastic can be diverted. Check our list below!


  • Cartons – milk, juice, soup
  • Any rigid plastic container


  • Junk Mail
  • White and colored paper
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Egg Cartons
  • Paperboard boxes (cereal, cracker or shoeboxes)
  • Cardboard (flatten boxes)

The City of Ventura and E.J. Harrison & Sons want to make it as easy as possible for residents to recycle. If you are a city resident, you are eligible for a large recycling cart (96-gallon capacity). Call E.J. Harrison at 805-647-1414 to upgrade your recycling cart for FREE!

For more information, visit:

Contact: Tobie Mitchell/Courtney Lindberg

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