The city of Ventura's curbside recycling program, which involves about 5,000 residences, will expand Monday to include the remaining 15,000 households that get their trashed picked up.
Thirty-five-gallon barrels for recyclables are being distributed to residents as part of the voluntary program, which is funded entirely through fees collected by E.J. Harrison and Sons Inc., the local rubbish hauling company, said recycling coordinator Eric Werbalowsky.
Residential pickup fees increased July 1 about $2 a month to $25.14. About $1.60 of the increase will be used to pay for the recycling program. The remaining 40 cents will be applied toward the increased cost of dumping waste at the Bailard landfill, said Edward Garman, the city's revenue manager.
The light-blue barrels will hold flattened cardboard boxes, plastic containers such as the kind used for milk, water and soda, glass containers, metal cans and newspaper. Mirrors, Pyrex, panes of glass, compost and high-grade paper will not be accepted in the pickup, Werbalowsky said.