Roberto (Bear) Guerra
Each of us produces an average of 100 tons of solid waste in our lifetimes, which “dies” in landfills that, in our minds, are very far away. But more and more of that waste, including the hazardous kind, ships out to poor and rural desert areas that aren’t as distant as we’d imagine, and next door to where people actually live. KPCC reporter Ruxandra Guidi has produced a three-part radio series that looks at illegal dumps in the Coachella Valley, an expanding landfill near Salton Sea that will exponentially increase truck traffic, and the development in Imperial County of the nation’s largest landfill, where several Southern California cities will send their trash.
In conjunction with her reports, Guidi moderates “Talking Trash”, a two-part live forum series that invites the public to discuss garbage: where it goes and why, and how its impact extends beyond our personal bins.
PART TWO: Los Angeles
Where our trash goes… what underlies the “landfill crisis”… who’s overseeing all this rubbish: how much do Angelenos really know about their garbage?
On Wednesday, June 13, the Los Angeles-area forum looked at these questions and addressed points from the June 7th Coachella Valley discussion. KPCC’s Ruxandra Guidi moderated this forum, whose guests included Edward Humes (Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash) and Donna Charpied (Executive Director of the Desert Protection Society).
Don't miss Talking Trash: PART ONE when the Crawford Family Forum headed out to the Coachella Valley.