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By Michael Alexander | May 2, 2007
Trucks began crisscrossing southeast Huntington Beach on Monday, distributing the blue, green and brown containers that are the future of the city's waste disposal to roughly 500 families, officials at Rainbow Disposal Inc. said. It's a feat the company plans every day for six months, until the whole city has the new rolling containers. Starting Monday, the first automated collection trucks in the city, powered by low-emission compressed natural gas, will roll through neighborhoods picking up trash and recyclables without their drivers ever stepping onto the pavement.
By VIC LEIPZIG AND LOU MURRAY | September 21, 2006
Our house is like a roach motel for paper. Once a magazine, book or piece of paper checks into our house, it never checks out. This is part of why Vic and I produce only about 16 pounds of trash each per week. In comparison, the average American produces 31 pounds of municipal solid waste per person per week. However, that figure includes waste produced at work as well as at home. About 22 pounds of our trash is newspapers. We dump them in the trash and let Rainbow Disposal recycle them for us. But we recycle our aluminum cans and plastic water bottles to collect the cash.
By Amanda Pennington and Michael Miller | May 25, 2006
Huntington State Beach may look tidier this week after more than 1,000 Orange County students sifted through the sand Monday to pick up trash. On an overcast day with a brief threat of rain, children pulled on plastic gloves and spent the morning extracting pieces of debris from the sand. More than 7,000 students participated in similar programs up and down the California coast for this year's Ocean Day. For the past five years, the Earth Resource Foundation, an Orange County nonprofit group, has contacted elementary schools and invited them to participate in the Ocean Day program.
By Dave Brooks | March 8, 2006
Thinking about throwing that old cell phone in the trash? Think again. A new California regulation outlaws throwing phones, batteries and other materials containing lead or other heavy metals in the trash, changing the way local families and small businesses manage their waste. Known as the "Universal Waste Rule," the new law governs dozens of items found around the house: lithium batteries, mercury thermostats, fluorescent lights, old computer monitors, televisions, computer hard drives and personal electronics.
By VIC LEIPZIG AND LOU MURRAY | February 2, 2006
Rainbow Disposal is proposing big changes to our trash pickup system. Knowing the cantankerous nature of some people in our community, we'll bet that the transition to a new pickup system won't be universally popular. But it's the right way to go. Currently, there is no need to sort our trash for curbside pickup. We can put out as much as we want and Rainbow Disposal comes by every week to haul it away. There is no incentive to sort our trash into green waste, recyclables or real trash, and no reason to think about how we might reduce the volume of trash that we generate.
By By Dave Brooks | January 5, 2006
New carts proposed for garbage, recycling as part of automated pickup system.The Huntington Beach City Council was talkin' trash Tuesday night, discussing the details of the city's new waste collection system. Huntington Beach is moving to an automated pickup system, similar to programs used by most communities in California. Gone are the days of pulling trash barrels out to the curb to be emptied manually by workers walking alongside the garbage truck. The new system proposed by Rainbow disposal will use specially designed carts that can be lifted and emptied by a mechanical arm of the truck.
By: HUMBERTO CASPA | September 27, 2005
Two days ago, I had a long chat with Edgar Vazquez, a soccer guru and local businessman, at a coffee shop. Since this sport has been in the news lately in Costa Mesa, I thought I should retool my knowledge of the game, including understanding the politics hidden behind it. To begin with, I've always thought the few people who complained about the game, and the city officials who generously acquiesced to these individual's unfounded...
By: Michael Miller | September 25, 2005
When Stephanie Barger led a group of volunteers to pick up trash in Crystal Cove State Park on Saturday, there were only a few scraps of it left. The week before, the annual California Coastal Cleanup Day had removed most of the visible garbage. Now, nearly all that remained were the specks: Styrofoam, bottle caps and tiny beads of plastic, known as nurdles. Barger, the executive director of the Earth Resource Foundation in Costa Mesa, said those miniature bits of trash are the most deadly.
By: STEVE SMITH | September 21, 2005
In the electronic information age, there are certain rules to which we all must adjust. Some folks like to send their messages in 100% lower case text because, I suppose, they simply do not have the time to press the "Shift" key and create capital letters. Some write in all caps, though I have been told that that is the e-quivalent (my word) of shouting. One concession we all have to make is that e-mail communication sacrifices formality for speed.
By: ANNIE P. HOVANESSIAN | September 17, 2005
The Burbank Jaycees is headed to Playa del Rey to participate in the 21st annual California Coastal Cleanup Day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Cited by the Guinness Book of World Records as "the largest garbage collection" in 1993, more than 50,000 volunteers will congregate to more than 700 cleanup sites to pick up items dumped on beaches. This is the second year the Burbank Jaycees will participate. "As Jaycees, we are committed to helping the communities we serve and are proud to be part of such a wide scale event," said Jaycee and event organizer Dominic Izon.
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