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CAMARILLO : Council to Consider New Recycling Efforts

March 09, 1994|J. E. MITCHELL

The Camarillo City Council will be asked today to approve spending $161,000 annually to beef up the city's recycling efforts.

Although the city now meets state recycling codes, officials want to increase the amount of paper, plastic and glass collected in case the state raises its requirements. The state now requires cities to recycle 23% of its garbage, but there have been discussions to raise the level to 25%.

"The city must meet and should exceed 25% diversion (of recyclable materials) to provide a cushion against changes in state law or regulations," said John Elwell, Camarillo's director of community services.

Elwell said he is recommending that Camarillo participate in a program offered by refuse hauler E. J. Harrison & Sons Inc., which promises to increase the percentage of recyclable materials reclaimed to 29%.

E. J. Harrison & Sons officials told the city that it will get the extra 6% out of the city's trash by focusing on industrial wastes, which should yield an additional 2,630 tons of recyclable materials, Elwell said.

The City Council will consider the item at its meeting today at City Hall, 601 Carmen Drive. The meeting will start at 5 p.m.

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