Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, with camera crews and staff in tow, came to Echo Park this morning to talk trash. In this case, the mayor held a press conference at the Echo Park Senior Housing complex on Morton Avenue to trumpet the city’s success in getting apartment dwellers and owners to recycle. The seniors who live in the Echo Park complex are among the approximately one million Los Angeles residents living in the more than 400,000 apartments now served by the city’s recycling program. But the idea of participating in the recycling program was not the idea of the owners of Echo Park apartments. Instead, it was residents Ida Talalla (pictured) and Donnis Ronquillo who urged the owners, the Menorah Housing. Foundation, to get involved.
As a result, the Echo park seniors who live in the 41-unit complex now have four big blue bins to dispose of their glass bottles, papers and other recyclables. In fact, Talalla said residents sometimes help the maintenance crew take the blue bins to the curb on trash day.
The foundation now recycles at all of its 16 Los Angeles housing projects, said Steven Wagner, director of operations. “Once we did it here, we did it everywhere.”