Discover Recycling



LA Sanitation is hosting a series of Open Houses at your local district refuse yard on specific Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Come join the dynamic duo “Mr. Recycle” and sidekick “Robo Blue” as they jump into action to serve family fun, food and prizes for kids!

More Open Houses:

Saturday, May 21, 2016 – North Central District Yard
452 North San Fernando Road, Los Angeles

Saturday, June 4, 2016 – South Los Angeles District Yard
786 South Mission Road, Los Angeles

Saturday, June 11, 2016 – Harbor District Yard
1400 North Gaffey Street, San Pedro

Saturday, June 25, 2016 – West Los Angeles District Yard
2027 Stoner Avenue, Los Angeles

LASAN holds six “Discover Recycling” Open Houses every year. Each of our wasteshed district yards will open to the public in a series of free Saturday events. The Open House program showcases LA Sanitation’s residential curbside collection programs with an emphasis on proper recycling practices and bulky item collection while strengthening partnerships with City residents. The Open House will feature trash trucks and equipment demonstrations in addition to facility tours, information booths, recycling games, and refreshments. Last year, more than 7,000 residents attended the Open House events with 290 city employees who volunteered their time to “give back” to the neighborhoods they serve throughout the year. There is no charge for admission and all ages are welcome, but we do request that pets be left at home for safety.

LA Sanitation’s Lopez Canyon Environmental & Education Center will host an information booth about the city’s green bin recycling program and give away small vegetable plants with mulch and compost made from yard trimmings. Visitors will learn about the benefits of green recycling, pot new plants and experience the recycling loop. More than 2,200 plants were potted and given away to residents last year. LA Sanitation will also partner with “City Plants” to provide shade trees for adoption by city residents, on a first-come-served basis at each yard, while supplies last. (City residents must present valid identification with their city address or a current DWP bill to adopt a tree. Note: the limit is one tree per property address.) “Used Tires” from city residents will be collected, which is provided by a grant from CalRecycle. (City residents must present valid identification and a current DWP bill. Note: a maximum of nine passenger and/or light truck tires will be accepted but tires on rims and tires from businesses will not be accepted.)

In 2003, LA Sanitation launched its first Open House at the West Los Angeles district yard. The goal of the program was to reconnect the refuse collection truck operators, on a voluntary basis, with city residents after the implementation of the automated collection program in 2000. In the following years, the program grew to also promote recycling and proper disposal practices as well as to improve access to LA Sanitation services. The program expanded in 2005 to add the East Valley, West Valley, North Central, and South Los Angeles district yards. In 2006, the Harbor district yard was added to provide citywide coverage. Residents visiting the yards have grown with approximately 200 visitors in 2003 to more than 7,000 in 2015. The popularity of the Open Houses can be traced to City and Sanitation leaders as well as city employees that volunteered their time to transform the six Sanitation yards into fun learning centers. By combining solid waste, wastewater and recycling education with refreshments, music and games, LA Sanitation has succeeded in capturing the attention of families across the city. (Credit)