Freebies from the City


Living in Los Angeles isn’t cheap. But not everything has to break the bank. The next time you’re watching the numbers rack up at the gas pump, just think about the following free stuff Los Angeles residents can get from the City of LA. Not only are these no cost programs simple to use, they also all make protecting our local rivers, creeks and ocean that much easier. That’s what we call free with benefits.

  • Dog waste bags. LA Stormwater makes cleaning up after your pet easier and cheaper with free dog waste bags. Opt for a roll of bags and a refillable canister that you can hang on your pup’s leash, or just choose the bags.
  • Reusable grocery bags. Add a snazzy new cotton tote bag to your collection of reusable shopping bags when you take a pledge to conserve water. It’s up to you to make good on that pledge, but we trust you.
  • Mulch. Ah, the circle of life. LA Sanitation turns the contents of your green bins into free nutrient-rich mulch that can go right back into your garden. Mulch helps keep your plants hydrated and naturally pest-free. BYOC (bring your own container) to one of 11 locations throughout LA and fill up with as much mulch as you need!
  • Trees. Spruce up your sidewalk with a stormwater-capturing shade tree! The City will plant trees along your street for free. In exchange, you must promise to care for it and water it while it’s still young.
  • Bulky item disposal. That old fridge doesn’t have to take up space in your garage any longer. The City of LA will pick up and dispose of your bulk items for free, just make sure to call at least one day before your regular waste collection day.
  • Faucet aerators and low-flow showerheads. Save more than 7,000 gallons of H20 a year by outfitting your kitchen and bath with these free water-savers provided by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

And remember, while not technically free, SoCal WaterSmart has some generous rebates that help you recoup the cost of water-saving household items, such as rain barrels, rotating sprinkler nozzles, high-efficiency clothes washers and low-flow toilets.

Note, all freebies and rebates listed here are available to City of Los Angeles residents only.


Comments (1)

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    Stephanie Kline Morehouse
    April 26th, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Recycling tip:
    I always take my eggshells and after drying them out, I grind them up – adding them to the garden soil. The plants “seem” to like it.

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