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Trash Hauler MarBorg Industries Making Inroads In Recycling

On behalf of the community, the company opens a free hazardous waste disposal facility in Goleta.

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Second District Supervisor Janet Wolf, left, Goleta City Council member Roger Aceves, MarBorg Industries’ Mario Borgatello, Goleta Mayor Michael Bennett and Council member Jean Blois were in attendance Wednesday as MarBorg presented its new ABOP facility. (Sonia Fernandez / Noozhawk photo)

Standing in front of $75,000 worth of equipment, MarBorg Industries head Mario Borgatello, along with local officials, presented his newest contribution to community trash collection — a comprehensive and free drop-off site for hazardous materials in the city of Goleta.

“It is our sincere goal that this one-stop shop will motivate residents to step up their recycling efforts and keep hazardous materials out of the landfill ... and more importantly out of the storm drains,” Borgatello said.

The new ABOP — short for Antifreeze, Batteries, Oil and (latex) Paint — facility is at Marborg’s recycling location on 20 David Love Place in Goleta. It will be open six days a week, Monday through Saturday, and it will take the majority of hazardous materials that people have in their homes, as well as electronic waste.

“I really want to commend MarBorg because they really have been in the forefront, they really have been taking the business risks,” Goleta Mayor Michael Bennett said.

Unlike typical hazardous material disposal facilities, MarBorg is not charging to dispose of things such as electronic waste, choosing instead to pay the hauling fees itself.

“None of this (hazardous) material is worth anything,” Borgatello told Noozhawk. “We’re going to pay for the disposal ourselves.”

The additional labor required to operate the ABOP facility is probably the biggest cost to the local trash hauler. The hazardous material disposal service is strictly a drop-off service. Users are encouraged to keep separating recyclables, trash, and hazardous materials.

For Borgatello, however, it is a combination of community benefit and business savvy that led him to decide to pursue this costly but ultimately beneficial endeavor.

“To stay in the solid waste business today, you have to offer a complete variety of services so that the consumer can get rid off all of these waste products because of all of the legislation that has changed things.” Five years ago, he said, one could throw a battery away with the regular trash, but these days, stricter regulations have made it more difficult.

There are items, however, that can’t be thrown in with hazardous materials, such as oil-based paints. People with questions are encouraged to contact MarBorg for more information. The MarBorg Web site will be updated soon.

“Trash conversion is a good long-term solution,” said council member Roger Aceves, who has been dealing with waste matters in the city of Goleta for nearly his entire term. “But we have stormwater management issues, and we need to deal with things now.”

Despite the cost to his company, the reward for Borgatello, who’s also working on replacing the trash trucks with natural-gas versions and sending a truck to a city in Mexico in need of one, is that he’s doing good and cementing his place in the community in the face of the trend of big corporations wiping out local family-run businesses.

“It’s kind of like the Costcos of this world,” he said. “Today the neighborhood grocery stores are gone, the neighborhood liquor store is gone. Well, we’re like the neighborhood trash people. We want to be here for a long time.”

Noozhawk staff writer Sonia Fernandez can be reached at [email protected]

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