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LA’s Latest Anti-Litter Action

Overflowing garbage cans are a serious blight on LA’s buzzing sidewalks, sending trash tumbling into the streets, which can lead to clogged  catch basins and polluted local waterways. But thanks to efforts in Council District 1—an area that includes Highland Park, Echo Park, Westlake, Chinatown and Pico Union—66 solar-powered trash compactors are now hitting litter…

Tons of Trash Kept from LA Waters

When it comes to trash, less is usually more. That is unless you are cleaning litter and debris from more than 30,000 catch basins in the City of Los Angeles. Then the sky’s the limit. In the last fiscal year, LA Sanitation removed a whopping 2,160 tons of trash from LA’s catch basins. In those…

Do Sweat The Small Stuff

By Joyce Amaro, LA Stormwater I honestly didn’t expect to find much trash on the impromptu “micro community clean-up” my six-year old son and I did in our neighborhood a few days ago in honor of the upcoming California Coastal Cleanup Day on September 20. We live in a part of southeastern Alhambra historically known…

LA Settles into the Plastic Bag Ban

In many ways, it could have been any Saturday afternoon at the supermarket. Angelenos in workout wear hustled in and out of the automatic doors carrying bags of groceries to restock the fridge for the week ahead. But January 4 was different. Three days earlier, Los Angeles became the largest city in the U.S. to…

LA Launches LACityBag.com

City of Los Angeles officials today launched LACityBag.com as part of its Bring-Your-Own-Bag Campaign and in anticipation of the Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance that takes effect on January 1, 2014.  “LACityBag.com provides useful information for both shoppers and retailers about the Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance and its benefits to our marine environment,” said Commissioner Barbara Romero of the Board of…

Don’t Be A Trash Monster!

Halloween will be here before you can say, “Boo!” So, as you prepare for that spooky, kooky holiday coming up at the end of this month, take a few minutes to incorporate these simple stormwater-friendly tricks and tips into your autumn activities.  Batman – Ban that Bag! When your little super heroes and princesses go…

Littering is Wrong, Too!

So what do littering, networking at a funeral and gas station sushi all have in common? They are all wrong according to a new ad campaign launched by Keep Los Angeles Beautiful in partnership with Keep California Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful to get people talking about littering. By equating littering with ridiculous, irrational and thoughtless “wrongs,”…

Solar Trash Compactor Hits The Streets of LA

It may sound like an eco-giant with a huge appetite. In fact, maybe it is. The BigBelly Solar trashcan is hungry for trash and powered by, you guessed it, the sun! Developed by entrepreneur James Poss, the BigBelly Solar trash compactor can hold four times as much trash as a normal trashcan. Recently, two BigBelly…

Combating the Litter Problem is a Team Effort

Take a moment to think about the last time you saw a piece of litter on the ground. Did you see a soda can, a plastic bag or maybe even a cigarette butt? Aside from being an eye sore, litter also has a tremendous negative impact on our environment. Here in the Los Angeles area,…

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