120+ yrs. of trash woes in the Toy district coming to an end?

Citizens demand the city to sweep the streets of Skid Row – 1935 (this newspaper clipping was provided by Stephen Zeigler of 118 WINSTON art gallery)

LA Times – 1890  “This isn’t really about garbage. It’s one symptom of a larger social ill. The trash problems on Winston St. go back to the construction of the city center. When the railroad was coming in Main St had tons of construction going on. Main St. was lit by lanterns as well as the more popular numbered St’s like 5th but the smaller streets like Winston were quite dark and prime for dumping. Not much has changed here as business owners are still dumping on Winston”. (this newspaper clipping, history and commentary was provided by Stephen Zeigler of 118 WINSTON art gallery)

I spent tonight at a DLANC Board meeting at the beautiful Los Angeles Theater on Broadway.

Things got interesting for me when a couple of ladies representing Athens Services Waste Collection took the mike and began to explain a new law that just went into effect July 1st of this year called AB 341. I immediately began to wonder how this law could effect the Toy district, whose garbage issues have been well documented on this blog. Of course this area was not called the Toy district 120 years ago- it was just part of Skid Row. The “Toy district” is a fairly new designation that began in the 1980’s.

(From the Athens Services website, I grabbed the following information):

In October 2011,Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 341 (AB341) into law, setting a 75% recycling goal for California by Year 2020. The Assembly Bill is expected to create new green jobs by expanding upon the existing recycling infrastructure. This landmark piece of legislation requires expansion of recycling services to all commercial and public entities that generate 4 or more cubic yards of solid waste per week, and for those multifamily dwellings of 5 or more units. Recycling services must be arranged by and following July 1, 2012.

ALL California Business, Commercial or Public Entities who generate 4 or more cubic yards of solid waste per week, and/or Multifamily Family Dwellings of 5 or more units.

For details on the recycling services approved by CalRecycle please refer to their website:http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/climate/recycling/

By and Following July 1, 2012. State Agency, Cal Recycle has not yet published enforcement strategies per local municipalities.

Residents are not affected by AB 341 only business or multifamily units of 5 or more units.


Frequently Asked Questions on AB 341(CalRecycle)

AB341 Legislative Council’s Digest


City of LA Bureau of Sanitation, AB341

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