By BARRY LANK
You may have noticed more public trash cans around the city. If all goes according to plan, you’re supposed to see even more.
It was only a few years ago that the city’s inventory of sidewalk trash cans — or “trash receptacles’ — had dwindled from about 6,000 to 1,000 as neglect and recession-related budget cuts took their toll.
Then in 2015, Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a directive to add 5,000 additional bins citywide over the course of four years, according to Paul Gomez, Public Information Officer at Public Works. Now, as part of that directive, Councilman Gil Cedillo has requested that about half a million dollars be appropriated from the “Trash Receptacle Program Expansion” fund to keep increasing the number of trash cans during the current fiscal year. According to Cedillo’s motion, there are now 2,450 public trash cans serviced by the city. That would rise that to 3,700 under the motion.
The number of cans would continue to increase under the mayor’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year. If that budget item is approved, the city would spend $1.8 million to add 1,750 receptacles — bringing the total to 5,500 — and pay the salaries for 16 additional workers to empty the cans.
Expansion would add more 60-gallon black trash bins and 60-gallon blue recycling bins as well as more automated litter bins, Gomez said.
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