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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Albertsons and Sly’s.
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.”
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."
goal is to expand the program to include more businesses. For more information,
call Sealund at 647-1414, ext. 4318.
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