Clean Streets L.A. Halfway to 5K Trash Can Goal

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (center) poses with  Bureau of Sanitation workers to celebrate the unveiling of newly designed sidewalk trash cans.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (sixth from left) poses with Heather Repenning with the  Los Angeles Dept. of Public Works (eighth from left), Leo Martinez with the city’s Bureau of Sanitation (second from left) and Bureau of Sanitation workers at the unveiling of the city’s newly designed sidewalk trash cans.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in a sanitation truck, giving the city's new sidewalk trash bins a whirl.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in a sanitation truck, demonstrating the ease of pickup for the city’s new sidewalk trash bins.

LOS ANGELES—Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled today a new set of trash cans to be placed on sidewalks throughout the city as part of his “Clean Streets” campaign. The new bins bring the mayor halfway to his goal of installing 5,000 new trash cans in the city by 2019.

“Few things are more important to our quality of life than how clean our streets are,” said Garcetti.

The new trash cans, according to Garcetti, are specifically designed with a hinged lid to enable faster pickup, which he said will allow the city to collect an additional 2,500 tons of trash each year, beginning with the neighborhoods that have the most litter on their streets.

“We want to build a city where the quality and cleanliness of your street does not depend on your zip code…” said Heather Repenning with the Los Angeles Dept. of Public Works. “All Angelenos have a right to a clean neighborhood.”

According to Leo Martinez with the city’s Bureau of Sanitation, the new trash cans are just one piece of the city’s strategy, which includes a newly created database of all trash cans in the city, with records of usage and how often they are emptied, so the city can adjust trash can placement or increase pickups if needed.

“I’ve been [working for the Bureau of Sanitation] 30 years,” said Martinez. “I’ve seen a lot of programs come and go…but 10 years from now, I believe Clean Streets will still be going.”

The new bins will be placed throughout the city in the coming weeks. Call 311 to request a bin on your street.

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