Residential Services

New Food Waste Collection for Residents Starting January 1, 2022.

The City of Ventura is offering a Food Waste Recycling Program as a resource to residents to reduce organic waste in landfills and reduce emissions while complying with new state regulations, Senate Bill (SB) 1383.  

Starting January 1, 2022, residents living in single-family homes should recycle their food waste using their yard waste containers. All food waste, including meat, bones, fish, shells, dairy, bread, fruits, vegetables, peels, pits, cobs, and coffee grounds, must be placed in a bag, tied off, and added to the yard waste container.

This new program is part of a statewide effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and curb climate change. When organic material, such as food and yard waste, is landfilled, it decomposes and produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas contributing to climate change. 

The yard waste container, including bagged food waste, is hauled directly to a composting facility near Santa Paula. The site, owned by Limoneira and operated by Agromin, separates the yard waste from the bagged food waste. The collected yard waste is processed into valuable compost, which is applied to Limoneira’s many orchards. Food waste is processed separately.


  1. Container Updates
  2. Curbside Collection
  3. Bulky Item Collection
  4. Backyard Composting

The residential collection containers (trash, recycle, and yard waste,) provided by E.J. Harrison & Sons, will be swapped out for new, different colored containers over the next few years. E.J. Harrison & Sons is getting an early start on delivering new containers that will comply with California’s Senate Bill 1383, which creates a statewide uniform color container system.

The next generation of 32-, 64- and 96-gallon fully automated carts are wider, heavier, and slightly shorter than existing carts. This should make them more stable during wind events.

Residential Curbside Container Update

Sole Provider of Services

The 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. By eliminating duplicate trash collection services, we reduce large vehicle traffic and prevent excess 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%. 

To inquire about residential trash, yard waste, and recycling service please call 1-800-418-7274 or 805-647-1414. To submit a service request, please visit the E.J. Harrison & Sons Website.

  1. Environmental Sustainability

    Physical Address
    336 Sanjon Rd
    Ventura, CA 93002

    Mailing Address
    336 Sanjon Rd
    P.O. Box 99
    Ventura, CA 93002

    Phone: 805-652-4525