Solid Waste and Recycling
New Food Waste Recycling Program for Residents
In 2022, the City of Ojai will offer a Food Waste Recycling Program in support of new statewide requirements, known as Senate Bill (SB) 1383. SB 1383 aims to reduce the amount of organic material sent to the landfill and reduce emissions.
The program will be gradually rolled out citywide – first with single-family homeowners and then apartment residents.
Starting January 1, if you have a yard waste cart, place food waste in a tied bag and add it to the yard waste cart. All food waste, including meat, bones, fish, shells, dairy, bread, fruits, vegetables, peels, pits, cobs, and coffee grounds, must be placed in a bag, tied off, and added to the yard waste container. Once at the recycling facility, food waste will be separated from yard waste and composted into soil products and renewable energy.
For more information about this program, visit our FAQ page.
Learn more about SB 1383 on CalRecycle’s Webpage.
Senate Bill (SB 1383) Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP)
California Senate Bill 1383 establishes methane emission reduction targets for California, requiring a 50% reduction of organics heading to the landfill by 2020 and 75% reduction by 2025. Implementation of this law takes effect January 1, 2022. CalRecycle (Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery), is California’s state recycling department, and has developed the regulation for this organics mandate.
California’s newest organic legislation requires all residents and businesses to responsibly manage their organic waste (inclusive of all food waste, and for businesses, edible food recovery efforts). Organic waste broadly refers to food scraps, yard waste, non-hazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper.
Organics like food scraps, yard trimmings, paper, and cardboard make up half of what Californians dump in landfills. Reducing Short-Lived Climate Super Pollutants like organic waste will have the fastest impact on the climate crisis.
Organic waste in landfills emit:
- 20% of the state’s methane, a climate super pollutant 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
- Air pollutants like PM 2.5, which contributes to health conditions like asthma.
City of Ojai Efforts
The City of Ojai is taking steps to ensure we are doing our part to meet this mandate by:
- Ensuring we have comprehensive agreements and ordinances in place,
- Coordinating with EJ Harrison and the County to implement effective organic programs, and
Assisting the County in their County-wide implementation of an Edible Food Recovery Program that will help address the food insecurity crisis in the County.
RECYCLE, REDUCE, & REUSE!
What is Recyclable?
- Plastics (including nursery pots, yogurt containers and toys)
- Newspaper, junk mail, paper
- Aluminum Cans
- Cardboard, magazines
- Glass containers, Jars
What I Can’t Recycle?
- Hazardous waste
- TV’s / Computer monitors
- Closed Containers
- Oils or paints
- Florescent light tubes
- Medical needles
- medicine, prescriptions
FREE Kitchen Pail for Ojai Residents!
E.J. Harrison & Sons is providing complimentary kitchen pails on a limited basis to assist Ojai residents with separating food scraps from the waste stream. Kitchen pails can be picked up at the Public Works Department office at 408 S. Signal Street, Monday through Friday 8am-5pm. Supplies available on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to residents within Ojai’s boundaries. Proof of residency can be demonstrated by bringing in your E.J Harrison bill. Each kitchen pail has a flier inside with information about what can go in the organics cart. For more information about this program, visit our FAQ page.
AB 1826 Requires Organic Recycling to
Increasing Number of Businesses (2016)
AB 1826 requires businesses, including commercial or public entities such as schools, hospitals, stores, restaurants, industrial businesses, for profit or non-profit organizations, multi-family dwellings with five (5) or more units and others, to recycle their organic waste, based on the amount and type of waste the business produces on a weekly basis, with full implementation realized by 2019.
AB341 Mandatory Commercial Recycling (2012)
California Assembly Bill 341 is mandating commercial
recycling for all businesses that generate more than 4 cubic
yards of waste per week & Multi‐Family dwellings with 5 or
more units. (Regardless of the amount of waste
CA Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989 (AB 939)
This law established a new direction for waste management in the State through the creation of the CA Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) and a new mandate for local jurisdictions to meet diversion goals.
AB 939 mandated local jurisdictions to meet solid waste diversion goals of 25 percent by 1995 and 50 percent by 2000. The CIWMB determined this diversion by looking at the base-year solid waste generation (waste normally disposed of in landfills) to determine the amount of solid waste diverted. To help increase diversion rates, each jurisdiction was required to create an Integrated Waste Management Plan that looked at recycling programs, purchasing of recycled products and waste minimization.
What Can I Do?
Here are a few things you can do to assure compliance with this
- Make sure all employees are aware of what
materials can be recycled.
- Contact E.J. Harrison, they can provide waste
assessments to help you comply or improve
your waste diversion.
- For Multi Family units, property managers can
inform tenants of what materials can be
Trash/Recycling Collection Services are provided in the City of Ojai by E. J. Harrison and Sons. Ojai Municipal Code requires all households and businesses to have service. Contact E. J. Harrison at 647-1414 to sign up for service or for questions regarding trash, recycling, or yard trimmings related issues. The City’s Curbside Recycling Program accepts plastic bottles with numbers 1 and 2, glass bottles, jars, metal cans, newspapers, phone books, cardboard, empty and dry paint cans, junk mail, paper bags, mixed paper, and empty aerosol cans. http://www.ejharrison.com
Bulky item disposal
costs. Please contact EJ Harrison to arrange for pick up at
805‐647‐1414 or visit http://www.ejharrison.com/online/bulky_items.html
Just a Friendly reminder
- keep trash and Recyclables inside your barrels
- Do not place extra materials next to the barrels
- If you have extra trash or recyclables to collect please contact E.J. Harrison and make arrangements for collection
- E.J Harrison 805-647-1414
Don’t throw them away Recycle them!
The City of Ojai and the County of Ventura offer free ongoing electronics
recovery programs and drop off sites:
Power Self Storage – Ventura
1661 S. Victoria Ave.
Hours: Mon – Sat. 10 am to 4:30 pm
This is a self service location. No limit to
size or volume. Accepts all types of
electronics. Inquire at the location with
Habitat for Humanity – Oxnard location
121 S. Rice Ave.
Hours: Tue‐Fri. 9 am to 4:30 pm
Saturday 8 am to 3:30 pm
This is a self service location. No assistance
to unload is provided. No limit to size or
volume. Accepts all types of electronics.
Inquire at the location with questions or
PC Recycles – Newbury Park
2580 Azurite Circle
Newbury Park, Ca.
www.pcrecycle.net Pick up available from
home or office for a reasonable pick up fee.
|Ojai Valley Area
events held 4th
Saturday of each
May November &
Paula, & Ojai
|Most types of
Limited to 3
computer / TV/
CRT per event
|5275 Colt St.
Mon – Fri 8 am to 7
pm Sat.8 am to 5 pm
|Limit of 3
per month for
|Santa Clara HHW
Saturday in the
months of April &
Paula, and Ojai
|Limited to 3
computer / TV/
CRT per event
For more information you may contact City of Ojai Public Works at (805) 646‐5581 EXT 200 or their solid
waste coordinator at Solid Waste Solutions (805) 495‐7521
Larger Businesses in Ventura County, who cannot participate, due to larger volumes, can contact
one of the companies below that operate in the Ventura County Area.
HMR‐USA (310)329‐3458, PC Recycles (805)499‐0050, MSE Environmental (805)442‐7900
Gabriel’s Imports: (Please call for hours of operation) 65 Baldwin Rd. (805)646-7094
Meiners Oaks Auto Repair: (Please call for hours of operation) 102 N. LaLuna Ave. (805) 646-0132
Grasscycling is a simple and natural approach to lawn care; clippings are left on the lawn after mowing to decompose quickly, releasing valuable nutrients back into the soil. Proper watering, moving, and fertilizing of a
lawn results in moderate turf growth. Did you know many residents spend a significant amount of time tending to their lawn? If you mow your lawn with the mowing bag attached, you need to stop and empty it frequently. After that, you have to put the grass into bags and into the container and to the curb on your pick up day. Follow these simple steps to:
- Use a mulching mover that will cut into finer pieces.
- Cut no more than 1/3 of the length of the blade of grass at a time and to maintain the grass at a height of two to three inches, depending on the type of grass.
- During summer months, mowing should be done once a week
- Cutting grass when it’s dry allows for better distribution of the clippings and lowers the chance of clogging your lawn mower and making it stall.
Watering your lawn: The most common grass species need between ½ to 1 inch of water every 5 to 7 days, when the weather is warmer and much less when weather is cool. How to tell when your lawn needs watering? Its simple, in the early morning, walk across your lawn. If the grass blades stay bent down for more than 1‐2 minutes, then your grass needs watering. Check your lawn each day if you want to avoid under or over watering. Fertilizing your lawn; Fertilizers are used to improve & maintain the quality & appearance of your lawn and garden. Before fertilizing your lawn, a soil test should be done to determine the natural fertility of your soil under your lawn. The results will tell you the types and quantities of nutrients soil can provide to your lawn. More information contact: www.smartgardening.com or 1‐888‐253‐2652
Compost is an excellent soil conditioner. It improves the soil structure by
binding soil particles together. This improves aeration and helps soil to retain
water and nutrients. Compost also improves drainage in clay soils and water
retention in sandy soils. Backyard Composting is attractive to because it is a
simple method of managing organic wastes at home. Typically home composting can be done by various
methods: placing materials in open piles, burying materials in pits or trenches, enclosing materials in
drums or bins. In order to heat up properly the piles should be at least on cubic yard in size. Below are
some composting tips to help you along.
- Grass clippings add nitrogen which is necessary to a compost pile. Be sure to mix with brown
materials that add carbon. This will help the pile quickly decompress and enrich compost.
- Newspaper or plain white paper is excellent for composting – just remember to shred it first to
speed up the process.
- If adding ashes, do so sparingly. they are alkaline and affect the PH of the pile.
- The microbes responsible for breaking down your compost pile need a balanced diet of nitrogen
and carbon. Nitrogen such as green materials, food scraps, manure and grass clippings. Carbon
comes from brown material such as dead leaves, hay, and wood chips.
- Algae and seaweed make excellent additions; Be sure to rinse off any salts before using.
- Keep compost in a black plastic bin and in direct sunlight through the winter months.
- Compost decomposes between 120 & 160 degrees F.
- The perfect size for a pile is 3’ x 3’ .
- Do not compost fats, pet droppings or animal products. This will attract pests and can spread
- Plants that have been treated with pesticides should be avoided.
- Don’t throw away your kitchen waste in the winter, try an indoor composter.
- Compost piles should be moist, not wet.
Apply finished compost to your garden 2‐4 weeks before you plant, giving the compost time to integrate
and stabilize with the current soil. For faster results, use a compost turner every two weeks to aerate
your pile. Find out more facts and composting tips at smartgardening.com or www.calrecycle.com.
Dumpster & Roll-off Services
Dumpster and Roll‐off Services can be provided by The City of Ojai’s franchised hauler E.J.
Harrison and Sons. Part of the City’s exclusive franchise with Harrison requires Harrison to sort
all roll‐off boxes to maximize diversion of construction and demolition materials. No other
dumpsters or haulers are permitted to collect solid waste or construction / demolition. Waste
generators can receive significant discounts for sorting construction debris on‐site. For rate
information or to order your bin contact E.J. Harrison at 805‐647‐1414. You can also order
online at http://www.ejharrison.com/online/roll_off_bins.html or fax to 805‐644‐7751
Construction & Demolition Program
The City of Ojai has a Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling Program. Getting started
With your affidavit and certification to implement a Waste Reduction and Recycling Summary
(WRRS). Below is a few steps in making this certification complete:
- Complete and submit a signed affidavit and certification to the Planning Division, located at 401 S. Ventura Street, Ojai, and Ca. 93023. Please keep a copy for your records.
- The Applicant (e.g., architect, owner, etc.) is responsible for submitting the forms to implement their WRRS with their building Permit Application.
- Inform all subcontractors of your waste reduction and recycling plan for the project.
They play a key role in providing documentation for any materials they are hauling. This must include types, quantities and destination of materials collected. This includes amounts salvaged or recycled.
- Where to take your materials? Included in the packet is a Builders Recycling Resource
List; this list consists of facilities and the materials they accept. This is also available at www.calrecycle.ca.gov/condemo
- Summary Report: After your building permit is issued you will need to begin recording information for your summary report. These report documents and tracks actual tonnages.
- Complete and submit your summary Report.
- Due Date: Summary Reports are due 5 (five) days prior to the Final Inspection.
- Review Process: After final inspection the Planning Director will sign off on the Summary Report indicating the project is in Compliance with all AB939 Solid Waste Conditions.