Thanks to a great team effort led by the DIBID along with L A City Bureau of Sanitation (BOS) and NASA Services, the December holidays saw a dramatic decrease of recyclable waste and trash dumped on sidewalks streets and alleys in our DIBID area.
Months ago flower merchants along San Pedro Street were routinely dumping flower discards and cardboard out onto the sidewalks, alleys and even the street itself. The problem reached a crisis point in May leading up to Mother’s Day, when we removed five tons of merchant-generated trash on one day from one square block!
Then we called the Bureau of Sanitation (BOS) for help, and they enlisted additional assistance from NASA Services, downtown’s new franchise waste hauler. During November and December, we provided support to the BOS-NASA team. Merchants and property owners were informed of the requirement to show proof of waste removal service. NASA personnel assisted businesses with evaluating their needs and providing the level of service they require, both for trash and recyclables. A few merchants received citations for placing trash in the public right-of-way. We collected evidence of merchants illegally disposing of their waste, in some instances documenting with photos and video of merchants attempting to place their trash on our DIBID vehicles.
Over several weeks, the list of businesses with new trash service increased significantly, with illegal dumping nearly eliminated. This holiday season was a welcome change from past years when shoppers were forced to navigate a narrow path of sidewalk between the stores and piles of trash.
We owe a debt of gratitude to BOS and NASA Services for their dedication and professionalism. We will continue to monitor the flower merchant trash and report any violations with the goal of maintaining the clean streets and sidewalks that we enjoyed this holiday season.
Illegally dumped merchant trash – 784 S. San Pedro St.
Illegally dumped merchant trash- Agatha Alley