Recycling changes to begin
By Kelly Feser Eells
California's budget crunch is
being felt all over, even at the Ventura County Pollution Prevention
Center. Effective oday, Ojai residents will need an appointment
to use the center, located at 5777 N. Ventura Ave.
The city's recycling coordinator, Heidi Whitman, notes that,
"costs of the county program that we participate in have
gone way up, more than 40 percent. Consequently, the program
is going to be changing for Ojai residents, in an attempt to
stay within budget."
Also effective immediately, the center will take just 10 cars
(from the valley) per month. "We're encouraging residents
to share appointments, so that we don't use up our spots disposing
of just one or two items.
"It's extremely expensive to handle this stuff," Whitman
said. "It's currently $104 per carload, up from $74 per
carload last year."
However, there are other, less expensive options, "particularly
for recyclable waste such as latex paint, oil, batteries and
"These materials are very
toxic," she added, "and should be safely disposed of
utilizing one of the many programs the center offers."
On the plus side, "there's a special, grant-funded program
for small businesses, offering door-to-door pickup at a reduced
price. This will be offered until the grant monies are used up."
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