The Bureau of Street Services presently services 3,000 trash receptacles citywide. Bureau policy is to install litter receptacles on public property at major intersections, bus stops, and crosswalks where heavy pedestrians traffic generates considerable litter. During the day, litter receptacles and curb returns are serviced on various frequencies.
Under the Adopt-a-Basket program, litter baskets will be furnished by the Bureau of Street Services to civic or community organizations or individuals provided that service responsibility is assumed by the participant(s). Organizations or individuals may request placement of a limited number of special green receptacles at approved locations. They are not intended for the convenience of individual property owners. Receptacles placed under this program will be monitored and, if adequate service levels are not maintained, they will be removed by Bureau forces.
The City Council has also approved a bus bench franchise whereby the franchisee shall supply, maintain, and service trash receptables at bench site locations determined by the Bureau of Street Services. The number of receptacles placed shall not exceed 25% of authorized transportation stops with benches. The franchisee shall begin placement of such receptacles within 30 days of notification from the City of Los Angeles. Receptacles shall be placed at a rate not less than 50 receptacles per every 30-day period. Under this bus bench program, up to 2,000 trash receptacles will be placed, however, it is anticipated that half of these receptacles will be placed where the Bureau has an existing receptacle. In this case, the Bureau's receptacle will be relocated to a different location. The Bureau's 2000-2001 Fiscal Year budget also includes a proposal for an automated trash receptacle pick up program. If approved, the program would be phased in over multiple years and would improve the level of cleanliness at designated locations throughout the City. The Bureau will coordinate placement and servicing activities with the respective Councilmember.
The Personal City Services Program was launched by Councilman Greig Smith (District 12) in 2005. It gives community residents and groups the chance to improve and beautify their own neighborhoods, improving the quality of life for all.
The program applies to residents or any group, such as a Business Improvement District or Neighborhood Council. It allows them to use their own funds to pay for the overtime costs for City crews to perform a variety of services. The services available include:
- Tree trimming and weed clearing
- Filling potholes
- Curb, gutter & sidewalk repair
- Upgrading park facilities
- Equipment for park programs
- Purchasing library books & materials or beautifying facilities at local library branches
The City's 50/50 Sidewalk Reconstruction Program, which was implemented City-wide last year, allows residents to pay for services above what the City Budget allows. This Program has proved so popular that there is currently a waiting list because the demand has exceeded expectations. That program's success shows that City residents are willing to contribute some of the costs of having specific improvements and beautification of public spaces done more quickly. It also shows that residents are interested in investing to expand and enhance community facilities and programs.