MOORPARK : Grant to Finance Computer Kiosk

With the aid of a friendly, animated ladybug, residents in Moorpark will be able to navigate an interactive computer program with information on how to dispose of hazardous waste.

The Moorpark City Council on Wednesday night approved a plan to set up a computer kiosk that will have information on where to dispose of such things as used motor oil.

The movable computer kiosk is financed by a grant from the California Integrated Waste Management Board. The grant will pay for kiosks in Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley and at the Ventura County Government Center. The total cost of the program is expected to be about $103,000.

A Ventura company, iMedia Solutions, will develop the interactive software. The kiosks should be ready for Earth Day events in early April of next year, said Jill Rubin Meyers, Moorpark's solid waste coordinator.

The company has already developed a training program for handling hazardous waste, and has told city officials they will be able to use some of the graphics developed for that program, including an opening segment with a three-dimensional view of Earth from space.

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