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April 12, 2012
Get ready for some trash talk just in time for Earth Day. Orange Coast College's Recycling Center Director Mike Carey is giving a lecture on "You Are What You Trash: the 3 R's of Recycling" at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the OCC Library Lecture Room, 2701 Fairview Road. Carey was the first recipient of the Award for Environmental Excellence from the Costa Mesa Sanitary District. The program is sponsored by the OCC Friends of the Library. A donation of $5 or a gently used book is requested.
November 28, 2011
Lighted cigarettes tossed into a trash can ignited a fire outside of an office building in Newport Beach on Sunday night, according to media reports. Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, which was reported at 7:08 p.m. in the 3100 block of W. Coast Hwy., according to the Orange County Register . Apparently the cigarettes burned the trash and a nearby pile of wood, which was being used in a building remodeling project, as well as other debris, according to a statement from firefighters cited in the report.
By Emily Foxhall | October 11, 2013
The Newport Beach City Council could approve a contract with a private trash hauling company as early as Nov. 12, city staff confirmed Thursday. Such a vote would follow the council's 4-3 decision on Sept. 10 to pursue a contract with one of three companies - CR&R Waste Services, Ware Disposal Co. or Rainbow Environmental Services - to take over the city's refuse pickup service. That September vote did not guarantee services would be outsourced. It only ensured a contract would be considered.
By Amy Senk, Corona del Mar Today | July 9, 2012
Newport Beach crews removed 7.5 tons of trash from Big Corona State Beach the day after Independence Day, according to a city memo. “In four hours on Thursday, 10 field maintenance crewmembers collected and removed over 7.5 tons of trash and other debris that had been left on the ground and in the beach area trash containers at the park,” the memo states. July 5 is the biggest clean-up day for the year for the city's Municipal Operations Department, the memo states. “Staff started their shift at 5:00 am to remove signs, delineators, barricades, portable toilets, and to assist with beach clean-up,” the memo states.
By Ron and Anna Winship | November 8, 2013
Newport Beach is unique. We have seven villages and Newport Coast. We have the most prestigious golf club in America. We have beaches, harbors, parks and now we even have a hugely overpriced Civic Center. We have a grand variety of celebrities that include Kobe Bryant and Bob Costas. We are named as an end destination for every conceivable major event, including the Susan G. Komen run and the Toshiba golf tournament. We have the famous Balboa Bay Club and many more historical yacht clubs.
By Emily Foxhall | September 5, 2013
The last city in Orange County where city employees continue to pick up residents' trash may soon change its practices. Newport Beach could save as much as $17 million over the next seven years if trash services are outsourced, according to an independent examination of 14 options released Thursday. Private waste companies already service the newer and more recently annexed sections of the city, such as Sana Ana Heights, Bay Knolls, Newport Ridge and Newport Coast, as well as certain multiple-family apartment and condo complexes.
March 25, 2003
"They can pick up trash on the ground so the water won't be polluted." MITCHELL GRANDIA, 8 Costa Mesa "They can clean up the Earth because there's a lot of trash." MARCO TREJO, 8 Costa Mesa "We can pick up the cans and the bags ... so we have more dolphins." JESSICA BRAVO, 8 Costa Mesa "We can clean up the bags and wrappers so the wind doesn't blow it into the ocean." THUAN TRUONG, 8 Costa Mesa "If you see trash, pick it up so you don't pollute the water."
By Lauren Vane | September 17, 2006
Sweethearts Katie Ponce and Robert Ojeda found a helpful way to celebrate their two-year, five-month anniversary Saturday. Ponce, an environmental biology student at Rio Hondo Community College in Whittier, brought Ojeda to the California Coastal Cleanup day at the Upper Newport Bay. "It's good for the environment," Ponce said. The couple joined others in the 22nd annual statewide beach cleanup day. People traveled from across the street or down the freeway to pick up trash in the Back Bay. All were invited to help.
By Joseph Serna | March 19, 2009
It’s not the end of this race that matters — it’s where it begins. Saturday, members of the Surfriders Newport Beach chapter and various supporters are running nearly 30 miles along the Santa Ana River to highlight the fact that when it comes to trash in the water, the beginning is essentially everywhere. It’s the second annual RockWater Race. At 9 a.m. Saturday, runners from four relay teams will start in the scenic forest-area off Green River Road in Riverside County and head out along the Santa Ana River trail, along the way handing off a small rock to the next leg in the race.
By Lauren Williams, | June 24, 2011
Newport Beach's ban on scavenging for recyclables has led to five arrests since the law took effect in January, police said. Four of the five suspects had criminal backgrounds, which included battery, lewd conduct, tampering with vehicles, using false identification, possession of narcotic paraphernalia, being drunk in public, tampering with vehicles and trespassing, according to the Newport Beach Police Department. None of the suspects were from Newport. They were from Fullerton, Riverside, San Bernardino and Santa Ana, said Sgt. Steve Burdette.
By Hannah Fry | April 22, 2014
Lincoln Elementary School students, some dressed head to toe in green, showed off their sustainable lunches to celebrate Earth Day on Tuesday. Parent Cherie Hemphill took note of the students who brought lunches that didn't include any type of waste - paper napkins, packaging, plastic bags or water bottles - for the No Trash Tuesday competition. The classes that garner the most participants receive a green trophy at the end of the week. No Trash Tuesday is something the Corona del Mar school promotes each week.
March 27, 2014
I just read in the Daily Pilot that the Newport Beach City Council voted to require that the new trash bins be stored inside rather than in an alley as many residents have been doing ( "City code updated to fit new trash contract," March 26). There is no way that the new bins will fit in my yard or garage. The same goes for most of my neighbors on the peninsula. I carefully measured the outside area and ordered bins that I thought would fit nicely along the outside of the garage, where the current one has been for years.
By Emily Foxhall | March 25, 2014
Starting Monday, refuse company CR&R will begin the process of picking up trash for Newport Beach residents who have had city service. The transition, estimated to take about 16 weeks, will phase in select areas week by week like patchwork, starting with the end of the Balboa Peninsula. Council members unanimously voted to update the city's municipal code Tuesday night to fit the city's new contract with CR&R, striking proposed language that would have allowed for the company's soon-to-be-distributed bins to be placed in alleyways.
By Hannah Fry | March 9, 2014
Residents along Mission and Mendoza Drive in Costa Mesa gathered trash bags, brooms and dust pans and took to the streets Saturday morning to clean up their neighborhood. The community clean-up day is part of a larger improvement project that the city began in the neighborhoods next to Sonora Elementary School in December 2012, said Mike Brumbaugh, a code enforcement officer and member of the neighborhood improvement task force. The city is in the process of repaving several alleyways that run behind the multi-level housing units on Mission Drive and Mendoza Drive, and is asking homeowners to put money into upgrading their property.
By Bradley Zint | February 22, 2014
Directors of the Costa Mesa Sanitary District may vote Tuesday to approve an organics recycling program that would require residents to sort their trash. Ratepayers enjoy the rare and relative luxury of putting their refuse into a single bin without having to separate recyclables from other types of waste. Under this proposal, residents would receive two bins: one for organic material and another for the rest of the trash. According to the district, organics include food scraps and garden clippings.
February 3, 2014
The wooden deck of a Costa Mesa house caught fire Saturday night after a smoldering cigarette was thrown into a plastic trash can, authorities said. Costa Mesa firefighters responded to a report of a structure fire in the 1700 block of Orange Avenue at 8:19 p.m., according to a news release. The fire was determined to have been caused by a burning cigarette accidentally discarded in a plastic trash can, which melted and then burst into flames. The fire extended to the wood deck joists and planks, causing $1,000 in damage, the release said.
January 31, 2014
The Costa Mesa Sanitary District is continuing its effort this month to inform the public about an organics recycling program that, for the first time, would require ratepayers to sort their trash. Two meetings in Costa Mesa are planned to inform people about the program before the district's board of directors considers approving it Feb. 25. The first meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at Halecrest Park, 3107 Killybrooke Lane. The second is at 9 a.m. Feb. 8 at Back Bay/Monte Vista High School, 390 Monte Vista Drive.
By Gerald Bretts | January 10, 2014
The recent letter from the city manager to residents concerning the CR&R trash pickup only mentions the use of the carts to be provided by CR&R and not other trash containers. During the presentation at the council chambers and other communications, it was emphasized that any form of trash container, including plastic refuse bags, would be acceptable. The letter to residents only references the use of trash bags as an overflow container when the capacity of one's cart is exceeded.
January 3, 2014
Newport Beach residents are being asked to choose new trash bins as the city rolls out what staff has playfully dubbed The 2014 Trash Cart Tour. Sample trash carts will be on view at set times and locations the next two weekends, with city staff on hand to answer questions, according to a news release. The City Council in November voted to outsource the trash pickup to Stanton-based CR&R Waste Services, promising to keep the same level of service. Residents can order as many carts as they want, free of charge.
By Jim Fitzpatrick | November 27, 2013
Why has the Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) not had a competitive trash contract bid since World War II? Newport Beach just completed a competitive trash contract bid with our same trash hauler, who offered Newport (about $11) a lower rate than Costa Mesa ($18). The direct value of the CMSD trash contract is about $4.5 million a year, which would be $45 million over the life of the original contract with a 10-year term. We are now committed to 14 years with no end in sight.
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