Residential Trash and Recycling Services
This City of Ventura and E.J. Harrison and Sons
have an exclusive franchise  agreement , which means that E.J. Harrison and Son's, Inc.  is the sole provider of solid waste and recycling collection services in the City. This arrangement ensures competitive rates and quality service for residents and businesses and eliminates duplicate trash collection service resulting in less large vehicle traffic and less wear and tear on our streets. The agreement also requires E.J. Harrison to meet stringent recycling standards, which is one of the reasons Ventura’s landfill diversion rate is an impressive 74%. Click on the image to the right for more information on what can be placed in the recycling bins.
Curbside trash and recyclables are hauled to Gold Coast Recycling and Transfer Station in Ventura. Trash (your green barrel) is hauled to the Toland Landfill near Santa Paula. No recyclable items are sorted or removed so be sure to put only trash in the green barrel. The recyclable materials (your blue barrel) are hauled to the Materials Recovery Facility at Gold Coast Inc . in Ventura. Here, they are sorted, bailed and transpored to various recycling markets. It is important to know what can and cannot be placed into the recycling barrles to ensure effiient processing of materials and to protect the machinery and workers from harm. Yard waste (your brown barrel) is hauled directly to a composting facility near Santa Paula. The site, owned by Limoneira and operated by Agromin processes all of Ventura's yard waste into valuable compost, which is applied to Limoneira's many orchards.
Bulky Item Collection - Residential customers are permitted two bulky items to be left curbside once per calendar year at no charge. Bulky items are defined as discarded, large household appliances, furniture, tires, carpets, mattresses, and similar large items which require special handling due to their size. To request a pick-up call EJ Harrison at 647-1414 or submit a request online .
Multi-Family Recycling - The City offers assistance to multi-family residential customers to increase awareness and participation in recycling. City staff can present to your HOA, community board or civic group on waste reduction and recycling to jump start your efforts. The City also provides FREE reusable bags to make multi-residental recycling more convenient. Call 805-652-4525 for more information.
New Resident Sustainability Kit - The City of Ventura Environmental Sustainability Division, Ventura Water Department and E.J. Harrison are partnering to offer Sustainability Kits to new residents to help increase recycling, decrease water waste and assist residents with conserving energy, water and natural resources and even save some money. The kit is FREE to all new residents who contact the City interested in implementing best practices at their new home. The kit includes a resucling tote, a reusable shopping bat and water bottle, water and energy saving devices for the home and much more! To obtain your kits, please contact (805) 652-4525 and set up an appointment today!
Household Hazardous and Electronic Waste
There are materials typically generated in our homes and businesses that cannot be placed in either the trash or recycling bin. Typically, these fall into one of two categories: Electronic Waste (E-Waste) or Household Hazardous Waste (HHW).
E-Waste - These items include computers, televisions, cell phones, VCR's, DVD players, and other electronic items. The general rule of thumb is that any device with a circuit board can be considered electronic waste. These items contain small quantities of rare and precious metals that can be recycled. Ventura residents (please bring your ID) can take these items free of charge to Gold Coast Recycling during regular business hours.
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) - These are household products that cannot be discarded in your curbside trash or recycling because there are hazardous to the environment. They include household cleaners, chemicals, paint products, auto fluids, aerosol cans, batteries and fluorescent bulbs and tubes. Call 805-652-4525 for information on free, proper disposal of these and other hazardous waste items. To learn more, click here . The City sponsors monthly HHW events  which require an appointment.
Alternative Drop-off Locations - Some types of HHW are less toxic and, in limited quanties, can be taken to authorzied sites during regualr business hours. Gold Coast Recycling  accepts: latex paints, motor oil and filters, household batteries, auto batteries, and fluorescent bulbs and tubes. Household batteries can be dropped of at one of the City's Tech Recycling stations; City Hall and Public Works Maintenance Yard. Some electronics can be taken to various businesses  in town. For medical wastes , including used medicines and medical sharps, contact the Ventura County Health Care Agency for more information at 805-654-5007.
Motor Oil - There are a number of cerfitied motor oil recycling centers  located in Ventura. Environmental Sustainability Division has free motor oil recycling kits available on a first come, first serve basis. Call 805-652-4525 to obtain your kit today.
One way to reduce the amount of trash that goes to the landfill is to have a backyard compost pile. Scraps from your kitchen can be turned into a rich, healthy soil amendment and used in your garden. Yard waste like grass clippings, tree trimmings and other organic items from your yard can be placed in the brown yard waste bin. It is hauled to Agromin's facility where it is processed into a high quality mulch used on local agricultural fields. The City sponsors a discount program in partnership with Green Thumb Nursery where you can purchase either a worm bin or a compost bin at 50% the retail price. Just show proof of City residence.
Free mulch is also available on a first come basis at Cornucopia Gardens, located just off Telephone Road, across from Kimball Community Park. Using mulch and organic compost are great ways to reduce waste, conserve water, reduce need for application of pesticides or fertilizers and help with pest management.
California Refund Value - Redemption Centers
Reminder: Call ahead to confirm hours and materials accepted
Gold Coast Recycling, Inc., 5275 Colt Street, 642-9236
Accepts glass, aluminum, steel and tin containers, plastic #1 & #2, newspapers, magazines, paper bags, and cardboard. Call ahead.
Redemption Center for all C.R.V.
Beto's Recycling Center, 55 Rocklite Rd., 828-0015
Standard Industries, 1905 Lirio Avenue, Ventura, CA 93004, 643-6669
Redemption site for C.R.V. aluminum, glass and plastic. Also accepts scrap metals of all kinds.
Nex Cycle Centers (2 Ventura locations), 1-800-969-2020 (website: www.nexcyclecalifornia.com )
Redemption sites for C.R.V. aluminum, glass, and plastic.
Vons (off S. Brookshire), 6040 Telegraph Road (cross street: S. Victoria Ave), Ventura CA, 93003, 650-2150
Open 10-4:30, Lunch from 1-1:30
(Closed Mon & Tues)
Vons (off Seaward Ave.), 2433 Harbor Blvd. (cross street: Peninsula Street), Ventura CA, 93001, 642-6761
Open 10-4:30 lunch 1-1:30
Closed Mon & Tues
RePlanet Recycling Centers (3 Ventura locations), 1-800-266-2453
Redemption sites for C.R.V. aluminum, glass and plastic. Also accepts newspaper, scrap glass and tin cans.
Albertsons (east end-off Crocker Ave), 7800 Telegraph Road., Ventura CA, 93004, 647-0023
Open 9-4 lunch 12-1
Closed Sun & Mon
Ralphs (at Petit) 9372 Telephone Road, Ventura CA, 93004, 647-7728
Open 10-5 lunch 1-2
Closed Tues & Thurs
Ralphs (behind the store), 1776 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura CA, 93003, 872-2657
Open 10-5 lunch 1-2
Did you realize you can harvest approximately 620 gallons per 1,000 square feet of roof space in just 1" of rainfall?? Rainwater harvesting is a great way to agument water supply for your garden. A rain barrel discount program for City of Ventura residents is now available through Environmental Sustainability and Ventura Water . Working in cooperation with Smith Pipe and Supply at 3060 Sherwin Avenue in Ventura, the Channel/Bushman 60-gallon rain barrel with a retail value of $85.oo will be available for $42.oo plus tax at their store with a Rain Barrel Discount Voucher. Along with the voucher, proof of Ventura residency such as a Ventura Water bill or other utility bill or document that shows a City of Ventura address (not a driver’s license) must be shown to receive the discount. Two rain barrel discounts are available per customer or residential address with the voucher . Additional rain barrels may be purchased at the full retail price. The rain barrel is for non-potable water use only. Beside downloading from the link above, vouchers are also available through Environmental Sustainability by calling 652-4584. This program is subject to availability of supply and while funds last. The City's Building and Safety Division has published rules on their web page regarding rainwater and greywater harvesting  in Ventura.
Other Ways to be "Green"
Being GREEN is easy when you know what to do. Reduce junk mail by signing up for our Catalog Choice Program . Reduce waste by using reusable shopping bags and/or water bottles. For other interesting ideas, check out Earth 911 .
Conserving energy  is another way to be "green". There are a number of ways to reduce energy consumption in your homes and businesses which translates into financial savings, reduce carbon emmisions and a better way of life. Check out the online Energy Tool with Southern California Edison to learn more and research rebates.
For more information on water conservation , head over to our Water Efficiency page.
Interested in volunteering? Check out Volunteer Ventura's  web page for upcoming opportunities.