Environment & Science

$1 million South LA cleanup program aims to end 'war on trash,' includes 200 new garbage cans

Trash pile-ups are common in the alleys that the Trust for Public Land are looking beautify, says Tori Kjer, a program manager for the organization.
Trash pile-ups are common in the alleys that the Trust for Public Land are looking beautify, says Tori Kjer, a program manager for the organization.
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Trash pile-ups are common in the alleys that the Trust for Public Land are looking beautify, says Tori Kjer, a program manager for the organization.
Before and after shot from a community cleanup in Los Angeles.
Courtesy of the Office of Councilmember Curren Price
Trash pile-ups are common in the alleys that the Trust for Public Land are looking beautify, says Tori Kjer, a program manager for the organization.
Before and after shot from a community cleanup in Los Angeles.
Courtesy of the Office of Councilmember Curren Price
Trash pile-ups are common in the alleys that the Trust for Public Land are looking beautify, says Tori Kjer, a program manager for the organization.
Before and after shot from a community cleanup in Los Angeles.
Courtesy of the Office of Councilmember Curren Price
Trash pile-ups are common in the alleys that the Trust for Public Land are looking beautify, says Tori Kjer, a program manager for the organization.
Before and after shot from a community cleanup in Los Angeles.
Courtesy of the Office of Councilmember Curren Price


South L.A. is getting a comprehensive plan to clean up including new garbage cans, community involvement and an education program that Los Angeles City Councilman Curren Price said that he hopes will end "the war on trash." 

Price, who represents the 9th District, announced the details of the $1 million initiative at a "Clean and Green" kickoff event Monday at Maple Primary Center, according to a press release.

“We’re doing more than just picking up stuff,” Price told KPCC. “We’re also trying to educate and inform.” 

The initiative partners the City Council with L.A. Sanitation and the Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) to clean and maintain trash-free streets.

Price announced that $300,000 would be allocated to sanitation for additional crews to focus on the 9th District. Another $370,000 will be allocated to the CRCD to help with pick-ups of bulky items like mattresses and furniture that often sit on streets.

The remaining $400,000 in the initiative budget will go toward placing more than 200 trash cans in the 9th District, which includes South L.A. and the western part of downtown.

The "Clean and Green" initiative also includes an education and public service announcement component, Price said. Billboards in both English and Spanish will appear in the city. Price said that there will also be information for schools to pass along to children about keeping the city clean.

"If we are to clear our neighborhoods of mounds of trash, we will need the ongoing cooperation of our neighbors to maintain them in a state of cleanliness,” Price said in a press release.

Price's office holds a monthly community cleanup with local schools. On Feb. 20, Price's office, along with Dolores Huerta Elementary School, cleaned 20 blocks around the school, according to Price's Facebook.

Check out before and after photos from past cleanups in the slideshow above.

For more information about monthly cleanups, visit Councilman Price's Facebook page or call his office at (323) 846-2651.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the number of new trash cans the program would pay for. KPCC regrets the error.