• Harrison Industries and Agromin’s Food Waste Program Continues to Grow - Thursday, February 21, 2013 at

  • In April 2012, Harrison Industries, a Ventura-based trash and recycling hauler, and strategic partner and organics recycler Agromin launched an innovative pilot program that is designed to one day virtually eliminate food waste from local landfills. In less than a year, Harrison trucks have collected more than 700 tons of food waste from restaurants, grocery stores, schools and other businesses with Agromin turning the waste into compost.

                Albertsons supermarkets in Ventura, Camarillo and Carpinteria were the first Harrison commercial customers to join the food waste program. Previously, food scraps from Albertsons’ meat, produce, deli, dairy, bakery and floral departments ended up in the trash. Now, the food scraps are placed in specially marked recycling barrels that Harrison trucks collect and deliver to Agromin. The Oxnard-based organics recovery company employs a Covered Aerated Static Pile System that mixes organic yard waste with food waste to create enriched compost and alternative fuels.

                In the year since it was launched, the food waste recycling program has grown to include over 30 Harrison commercial customers--from restaurants and supermarkets to hospitals, hotels and schools. Ventura County Jail’s Todd Road facility in the Santa Clara Valley has even joined the program.

                Participating Harrison customers are:

    Ventura:  Albertsons; Community Memorial Hospital; Ventura County Medical Center;   Smart & Final; Brophy Bros. Restaurant & Clam Bar; Andria’s Seafood Restaurant; Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill;  Ventura Beach Marriott; Mimi’s Café; Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach; Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor Resort;  Margarita Villa Mexican Restaurant; Harbor Sushi; The Greek At The Harbor; Christy’s Deli;  Milano’s Italian Restaurant; and Patagonia.

    Camarillo: Albertsons; Marie Callender’s; Smart & Final; California State University, Channel Islands; and Solar World.

    Ojai: Ojai Valley Community Hospital; St. Joseph’s Health and Retirement Center; Westridge Market; and Ojai Valley School.

    Carpinteria: Albertsons and Sly’s.

                "It’s been a big success,” said Donald Sealund, food waste program coordinator for Harrison Industries. “Everyone’s been doing a great job, and we hope to keep adding customers to the program.”

                According to Natural Resources Defense Council, Americans throw away 40 percent of the food supply each year. "Millions of tons of food end up in landfills," says Bill Camarillo, Agromin CEO. "If we can transform just a small percentage of this waste into rich compost or biofuel, we can make better use of our resources and create a healthier planet. The participants in the food waste recycling program are at the forefront of these efforts."

                Harrison’s goal is to expand the program to include more businesses. For more information, call Sealund at 647-1414, ext. 4318.

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  • Agromin Joins California Green Communities - Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at

  • Oxnard, Calif.--Agromin, one of the largest organic composting companies in California, has joined California Green Communities (CGC), an environmental recognition program that fosters innovative, sustainable ways for participating cities to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption.

                As a CGC program partner, Agromin joins government agencies and businesses including The Alliance for Climate Education, CalRecycle, The Energy Coalition, Los Angeles Conservation Corps, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County and Toyota. Participating communities that are already certified include Culver City, Monrovia, Riverside, Santa Clarita, Simi Valley, Claremont and Ventura.  Also working toward certification are Santa Monica, San Gabriel, Los Angeles, Redlands and other cities that are about to join the CGC program. 

                "Agromin hopes to offer its expertise to CGC communities so they can better manage and repurpose their organic waste stream," says Bill Camarillo, Agromin CEO. "Cities throughout California are finding that creating and implementing sustainable practices not only helps the environment but can dramatically reduce waste and energy costs."

                “We challenged city officials to set high standards of sustainability for the future health of their communities”, said Hal Conklin, President of USA Green Communities. “Each of the cities that we certify has to maintain standards in 10 different areas of sustainability. What has really made this possible has been good companies stepping up to the plate to become partners with local governments to achieving this goal.  Agromin is a great example of one company excelling in this kind of partnership.”

                For more information about the CGC program, city sustainability action plans and a list of CGC partners, visit cagreencom.org.

    About Agromin:

    Agromin, based in Oxnard, Calif., manufactures earth-friendly soil products for farmers, landscapers and gardeners. Agromin is also the organics composter for over 50 California communities, making it one of the largest composters in the state. Each month, Agromin receives more than 30,000 tons of organic material and then uses a safe, natural and sustainable process to transform the material into premium soil products. The results are more vigorous and healthier plants and gardens, and on the conservation side, the opportunity to close the recycling loop, allow more room in landfills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. www.agromin.com

    About California Green Communities (CGC):

    California Green Communities is an environmental recognition program that fosters innovative ways for participating cities to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption while building vibrant, sustainable communities. Addressing 10 key environmental challenges, participants will create and implement programs that help realize substantial long-term cost savings and dramatic improvements in virtually every aspect of community life, and be recognized for their achievements as they reach Silver, Gold and Platinum levels in the program. http://www.cagreencom.org/

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