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By: Andrew Edwards | August 13, 2005
The Costa Mesa Sanitary District board unanimously approved higher rates for trash collection and sewer services Thursday, district assistant manager Thomas Fauth said. Rates were raised to cover higher volumes of garbage collected and to meet a mandate from environmental regulators to keep grease out of sewer lines. "We've experienced a significant increase in the amount of trash collected," Fauth said. In the last five years, the volume of trash hauled by the district has gone up from about 35,000 tons annually to more than 42,000, Fauth said.
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NEWS
May 5, 2005
Lauren Vane Students from Sun View Elementary School went on an interesting field trip in April, tracking a piece of garbage from the trash can all the way to the landfill. Although the journey was imaginary and the students didn't have to dig through a dumpster, they were taken on a magical tour into the world of recycling. They learned that with a little magic of their own, they can recycle old products into new. Magician and educator Jerry Hart presented the Timothy Wenk "Magic of Recycling" show to Sun View students last week in an assembly that coincided with Earth Day celebrations.
NEWS
January 22, 2004
WHAT HAPPENED: The City Council accepted a donation by Rainbow Disposal for additional trash collections Downtown. WHAT IT MEANS: Rainbow Disposal has offered to donate $33,400 worth of additional trash collections on Friday and Saturday in January and February, and on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from March through June. The city covers the cost for Rainbow Disposal to collect trash from 96 public trash bins along Pacific Coast Highway, Main Street and adjoining streets Downtown at a rate of $2 per receptacle.
NEWS
October 2, 2003
"The great aim of education is not knowledge but action." -- Herbert Spencer, English philosopher (1820 - 1903) Nearly 500 volunteers, a vast majority of them children, sprang into action last week, collecting more than 3,000 pounds of trash from Surf City's beaches on California's 19th annual Coastal Cleanup Day last week. Volunteers found a vast array of objects strewn across the state's greatest natural resource -- the usual soda cans, beer bottles and cigarettes, but also televisions, lawn and living room furniture.
NEWS
September 25, 2003
Jenny Marder It rivaled a garage sale. Objects found at Surf City beaches during the state's biggest annual beach cleanup event included a dreidel, a television, a lawn chair and a sheet of aluminum fencing. Nearly 500 volunteers scoured Surf City shorelines for trash on Saturday as part of the California Coastal Commission's 19th annual Coastal Cleanup Day. At Huntington State Beach and Huntington City Beach combined, 3,005 pounds of trash and 200 pounds of recyclables were collected, said Eben Schwartz, the event's statewide coordinator.
NEWS
September 4, 2003
VIC LEIPZIG AND LOU MURRAY Three weeks ago, California Department of Fish and Game biologist Brian Shelton dropped a bombshell. He said that due to the state budget crisis, the state agency would no longer be able to fund trash removal and portable potties at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. Unless outside funding could be found, these services would no longer be provided. Because trash removal and a public restroom are so basic, the nonprofit groups affiliated with the Bolsa Chica offered to try to come up with a solution.
NEWS
May 29, 2003
EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK Have you ever tossed a Coke can in the trash and been on the receiving end of a nasty stare? It happens to me all the time. "Aren't you going to recycle that?" an environmentally conscious friend will ask. I am quick to defend myself and tell them that in Surf City the folks at Rainbow Disposal take care of that task for us. But no one ever seems to believe me. "Do you really believe they sort it?" they scoff. The answer is yes. Now, to be honest, I have never been much of a recycler -- or at least, I have never been gracious about doing it. I simply do not have the space or patience to sort my trash into numerous bins.
NEWS
April 4, 2002
A Huntington Beach man was charged with 11 felony counts of arson Wednesday in connection with a string of fires in trash cans at bus shelters in Westminster, said officials at the Orange County District Attorney's office. Brian Lee Dutch, 23, was arrested Friday night after allegedly setting fire to a trash container in Westminster, officialssaid. Arson investigators with the Orange County Fire Authority and officers from the Westminster Police Department staked out an area near a container on Westminster Ave. Friday.
NEWS
February 7, 2002
Vic Leipzig and Lou Murray The rain last week brought the usual mixed blessing to the Bolsa Chica. Fresh water helps the dune and salt marsh plants grow. It brings nutrients to the wetlands and flushes salt from the salt flats. But rain also brings trash and debris to the wetlands. Fortunately, the county now has booms strung across the Wintersburg flood control channel. These booms hold back the bulk of the trash that rain washes into the storm drains and down the flood control channels.
NEWS
January 31, 2002
Residents' fears of rodent infestation and blight caused by overflowing trash bins in Huntington Beach have prompted city officials to consider tightening the rules governing when and how residents and businesses dispose of their garbage. The City Council directed staff to revise language in the city's existing ordinance relating to trash disposal, and for staff to return with its findings at the council meeting Feb. 4. Councilwoman Pam Julien Houchen first raised the issue with staff nine months ago after she heard Downtown residents' complaining about litter left by people scavenging through rubbish in bins.
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