The area's schools are benefiting from Diamond Bar's trash war.
As garbage collection companies vie for more customers in Diamond Bar, which is about to set up a franchise agreement with one or more companies, one company is adding a philanthropic twist to the competition by donating money to public schools for each Diamond Bar resident who signs a three-month contract.
Western Waste Industries has already set aside more than $8,000 for 12 schools in Pomona and Walnut, which serve Diamond Bar. Computer labs will receive $2,000.
The schools will receive the funds by the end of October, according to Michael Lowe, the company's marketing consultant. The campaign started when flyers distributed last month promised to donate $8.75 to the school of each resident's choice, if they signed up with Western Waste.