• New Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law Takes Effect - Thursday, June 28, 2012 at

  • Businesses generate almost three-fourths of all solid waste in California according to CalRecycle (Calif. Dept. of Resources Recycling and Recovery). Most of this waste is recyclable and can include paper, plastic, cardboard and organic material.

    The new Mandatory Commercial Recycling Regulation (AB 341), approved and signed into law last year, went into effect July 1. The law requires that businesses implement a recycling program if they generate four cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week. Multifamily residential dwellings with at least five units must also recycle as well as schools and municipalities.

    Organics can make up a major portion of a business' commercial waste stream. In fact, 30.4 percent of all commercial waste is organics and can include food waste, leaves, grass clippings, tree trimmings and branches (CalRecycle Waste Characterization Studies).

    The intended results of the new regulation are to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, keep recyclable materials out of landfills and create a healthy environment for the community and future generations. The law is expected to affect about 470,000 businesses and multifamily residences in the state. CalRecycle estimates an average annual statewide cost savings of between $40 million and $50 million. Individual businesses may reduce costs through lower disposal fees and reuse opportunities.

    As part of AB 341, every jurisdiction (a city, county or a regional agency responsible for meeting Integrated Waste Management Act requirements) must provide recycling education, outreach and monitoring services to businesses in their area. Most jurisdictions already have some kind of existing commercial recycling program in place.

    For more compliance information, go to CalRecycle Mandatory Commercial Recycling. For information about creating a specific organics recycling program for your business, contact Agromin at 805-485-9200, bill@agromin.com.

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  • Keep Soil Cool in July Summer Heat - at

  • One of the biggest challenges for gardeners in July is to keep plants hydrated and the soil cool during one of the warmest months of the year in Southern California, say experts at Agromin, an Oxnard-based manufacturer of earth-friendly soil products made from organic material collected from more than 50 Southern California communities.

    Add Mulch to Save Water, Cool Soil:  Add a 1" to 3" layer of mulch around your vegetable and flower gardens to slow water evaporation--by as much as 70 percent. Less evaporation means less watering.
    Think of mulch as shade for your soil. Because of less exposure to sunlight, the soil stays cool, holds in moisture and keeps plant roots hydrated longer.

    Add Mulch to Reduce Soil Compaction: Besides its water-saving advantages, mulch also keeps soil healthy. Walking in your garden naturally compacts the soil--to the point that the soil no longer absorbs water well. This can also lead to soil erosion. Mulch protects soil from our footsteps so it remains loose and water absorbing.

    Don't Over Water: Water thoroughly, not frequently. Watering five minutes a day instead of 10 minutes every other day, for example, means roots become trained to grow close to the surface. The roots will go through a constant wet/dry cycle, which is unhealthy for the plant. Instead, water for longer periods less often. Not only will this reduce water evaporation, but it will encourage deeper root growth.

    Treat Aphids on Citrus Trees: Aphids can be a nuisance on citrus and other types of trees. Aphids are small black insects that when attached to a tree can curl foliage making the leaves unable to absorb sunlight. They can cause so much stress to the tree, that their damage can affect fruit production. A natural way to remove aphids is to mix two cups water, one cup mineral oil and two tablespoons dish soap and spray the mixture onto the aphids every few days. Planting herbs such as mint, fennel and dill around the trees is known to keep bad insects away. Ladybugs are natural aphid predators so consider buying a bagful at a nursery and letting them loose in your yard.

    Pick Vegetables As They Ripen: Tomatoes, peppers and zucchini should be ready to harvest in July. To keep vegetable plants producing for the next month or more, don't let vegetables remain on the plant past picking time. It's still not too late to plant summer vegetables since growing season remains strong through October.

    Add to Your Flower Garden: There are a variety of summer annuals ready for planting. They include marigolds, petunias, zinnias, cosmos and sunflowers. Once planted, remove dead flowers immediately to ensure constant blooming.

                For more gardening tips, go to www.agromin.com.

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  • Agromin's Bill Camarillo Honored by Pacific Coast Business Times - Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at

  • Agromin president and CEO Bill Camarillo received the Pacific Coast Business Times Latino Business Award for Agribusiness. The award, announced in the June 22 issue of the newspaper, will be officially presented to Bill at an awards reception July 19 at the Crown Plaza in Ventura.

    Bill is in good company. Also honored were Eloy Ortega, CEO, Bank of Santa Barbara, Veronica Quintana, CPA, CBIZ, Angel Martinez, CEO, Deckers Outdoor Corp., Sonia Robles, president, Quest Staffing Services, Saul Alcaraz, owner, Santa Barbara Art Glass, Aureliano and Gelacio Lopez, owners, Tacos El Tizon & Taqueria Guerrero, Pedro Chavez, director of education & public affairs, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura and Celina Zacarias, director of community & government relations, CSU Channel Islands.

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  • Agromin Named 2012 Innovative Business of the Year by Oxnard Chamber - Thursday, June 14, 2012 at

  • Agromin has earned the title of 2012 Innovative Business of the Year by the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce. Agromin was one of several companies selected to receive the chamber's 2012 Community & Business Awards. Agromin was chosen from nominations submitted by the community and chamber members.

    This is the 62nd year that Oxnard community members have been recognized for their service and contributions. The 2012 Community & Business Awards luncheon honoring Agromin and other recipients will be held June 22 at the Tower Club in Oxnard.

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