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By Barbara Diamond | February 20, 2009
Every Waste Management employee ends a conversation with “Have a Green Day,” but after talking to a customer representative last week, I was seeing red. I had done my spring garden cleanup and filled six trash containers, about par but only one of them Waste Management’s. I lined them up in front of my fence to be picked up on my regular trash day. They weren’t. The extra cans of green waste had always been collected before, but I figured it wasn’t a policy just a good will gesture.
NEWS
September 22, 2011
Nonprofit moves to U.S. Nonprofit MountainChild is hosting its launch party at 6 p.m. Saturday at Aliso Creek Inn in Laguna Beach. The festivities include dinner, live entertainment and awareness programming about MountainChild and its vision for the future. MountainChild's move to the United States will raise more awareness and financial aid for the humanitarian work in the most remote areas of the Himalayas, according to a news release. The organization focuses on five core issues: health, sex trade, education, child labor and the environment.
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By Barbara Diamond | September 28, 2006
Laguna Beach has yet to meet the state's mandate to reduce trash sent to landfills by 50%, and it may get more difficult for the city to meet targets if proposed legislation is passed upping the required diversion to 75%. The City Council unanimously approved a staff recommendation at the Sept. 19 meeting to research construction and demolition recycling ordinances in other communities and draft one for Laguna. "A major opportunity exists for meeting the state's waste diversion goals by developing a construction and demolition program," said Liz Avila, city administrative analyst, who presented a report to the council on the city's status and the potential repercussions of not meeting the state mandate.
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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | July 1, 2010
County landfill fees jumped 36% July 1, and Laguna Beach residents will be charged 5.5% more to have their trash collected. The increase was approved unanimously by the council at the June 15 meeting. The service increase for residential customers is due largely to the landfill disposal fee hike and partially to the Consumer Price Index adjustments built into the city’s contract with Waste Management of Orange County. Under the new rate, single-family homes will pay $206.
BUSINESS
By Liyna Anwar | July 31, 2009
College Hunks Hauling Junk, a full-service junk removal company, opened a new franchise in Laguna Beach this month. Aaron Kube, owner and operator of the Laguna branch, has been a longtime resident of Laguna Beach. Although he has always liked the idea of working for himself, his decision to open a new business didn?t come immediately. It was while working at his previous job in construction that he realized he could be his own boss doing similar tasks with a junk removal company.
NEWS
By Sarah Huoh | October 20, 2006
As was recently discussed at a Laguna Beach City Council meeting, the "diversion rate" — or amount of material that is kept out of landfills due to recycling or waste reduction — within the city has fallen short of the 50% mandate from the state. As of 2004, the latest figures available, the city's diversion rate is 46%. There are two clear obstacles to helping the city reach this diversion goal: "illegal haulers" and recycling among businesses. Waste Management of Orange County is the contracted waste hauler for the city of Laguna Beach, which means we provide services and programs for the city's residents and businesses, and we also implement recycling programs to ensure materials we collect from places such as construction sites are taken to a facility to be sorted and recycled, rather than straight to the landfill.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | July 7, 2011
Experts have been brought in by the city to provide options for a decades-old dump site on property the city purchased from the DeWitt family and other owners The long abandoned and most likely never approved dump site came to light in the December deluge, city officials said. The city has owned the property off Phillips Road, above Sun Valley since 1991, without official knowledge of its former use. "This is a unique situation," City Manager John Pietig said. "We don't what the solution is at this time.
NEWS
November 4, 2005
WHAT'S UP: Flamingo Road landslide. WHAT: Restoration of infrastructure damaged in the June 1 landslide in Bluebird Canyon. WHAT'S BEHIND IT: Twenty-two homes were damaged in the landslide, at least 11 irreparably. The canyon was evacuated with no loss of life, and most of the 350 families were back in their homes within 48 hours. The city declared an emergency, which needs to be re-approved every two weeks. Winterization of the failed slope to forestall further erosion and protect the property above the headscarp -- where the slide clawed a chasm in the hillside -- is underway.
NEWS
December 16, 2005
Waste Management offers tree pickup; city will accept trees dropped off; waste collection schedule unchanged during holidays.The Christmas tree is the symbol of the holiday season for many people, and it can have a useful life once the ornaments are packed away. Waste Management is offering the opportunity to recycle trees after the holiday season at no extra charge. Customers with curbside service can recycle their Christmas trees for free by placing the trees at the curb or in their green-waste carts on their scheduled pick-up day. Trees will be picked up for recycling during the two weeks following Christmas, beginning Dec. 26. All decorations, including ornaments, tinsel, lights and the tree stand must be removed.
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September 22, 2011
Nonprofit moves to U.S. Nonprofit MountainChild is hosting its launch party at 6 p.m. Saturday at Aliso Creek Inn in Laguna Beach. The festivities include dinner, live entertainment and awareness programming about MountainChild and its vision for the future. MountainChild's move to the United States will raise more awareness and financial aid for the humanitarian work in the most remote areas of the Himalayas, according to a news release. The organization focuses on five core issues: health, sex trade, education, child labor and the environment.
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By Barbara Diamond | February 20, 2009
Every Waste Management employee ends a conversation with “Have a Green Day,” but after talking to a customer representative last week, I was seeing red. I had done my spring garden cleanup and filled six trash containers, about par but only one of them Waste Management’s. I lined them up in front of my fence to be picked up on my regular trash day. They weren’t. The extra cans of green waste had always been collected before, but I figured it wasn’t a policy just a good will gesture.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | September 28, 2006
Laguna Beach has yet to meet the state's mandate to reduce trash sent to landfills by 50%, and it may get more difficult for the city to meet targets if proposed legislation is passed upping the required diversion to 75%. The City Council unanimously approved a staff recommendation at the Sept. 19 meeting to research construction and demolition recycling ordinances in other communities and draft one for Laguna. "A major opportunity exists for meeting the state's waste diversion goals by developing a construction and demolition program," said Liz Avila, city administrative analyst, who presented a report to the council on the city's status and the potential repercussions of not meeting the state mandate.
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