Central Los Angeles at War with Trash

Central Los Angeles at War With Trash

Los Angeles has developed a problem with street trash in its central neighborhoods; and the city council is trying to fight it by cleaning up the mess. The cause of this trash outbreak is still unknown to the city, but the city plans to find out.

Residents living around MacArthur Park in Central Los Angeles have accepted the fact that their city is full of trash, mostly made up of old furniture left on the streets, wrappers, and flyers.

The old furniture includes smelly mattresses, broken dressers, old night stands, and anything else that is rotted or simply old.

One resident told the press that people just walk by the trash and stare at it. In return, no one does anything about it. The trash is now a normal thing, and it has been accepted to co-exist with the life that goes on the city.

Hoping to stop this trash epidemic, the city has started a $1-million cleanup program geared towards the 1st district under Councilman Gil Cedillo. Cedillo’s district includes West Lake, Lincoln Heights, Mount Washington, and the Pico-Union Area just west of downtown, among others.

It is speculated that most of the trash that builds up is due to the poor class residents that are overcrowded in apartments constantly moving. Some of the old furniture that is not wanted by these residents is easily discarded onto the streets when relocating.

With the furniture, trash like candy wrappers, grocery bags, fliers, and plastic bottles build up in alleys and never get picked up by the city in time.

The superintendent of the Bureau of Sanitation, Jose “Pepe” Garcia, stated that trash grows like weed in the central parts of Los Angeles.

“You clear up one alley one day, and the next week — sometimes the next day — it’s back to how it was,” said Garcia of the cleaning up process in those affected areas.

Because of this overwhelming growth of daily trash, Garcia told the press that trash is being picked up five times a week instead of the usual one day a week with the new $1-million program to clean up the city.

The program is also backed up by other funding from Councilman Cedillo along with the Los Angeles Conservation Corps. These two have gone to war with the trash on the streets with equipment like solar trash compactors that can also be triggered by laser.

In other words, new equipment with extra hands have been brought onto the fronts to get rid of this trash outbreak.

Councilman Cedillo will also start an investigation team or research team to figure out how so much trash is being produced in these parts of Los Angeles. Other programs will be started, such as getting neighborhood meetings started and spreading cleaning awareness out to the residences.

Billboards and advertising will be used to battle this dirty epidemic that has the potentiality to ruin one of the oldest part of the city. Businesses will also be approached to help clean or get the city cleared of the heavy trash that fell upon it.

The new programs in which education will be required to reach out throughout residences and businesses are expected to start in a few weeks.

Until then, Los Angeles will look to clean itself, as cleanliness is next to godliness.

By J. L. Herrera

LA Times

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