Why Clean Streets Matter for the Environment and Benefits of Proposition O by Guadalupe Gutierrez

With the advancement of technology making processes more efficient and the importance of sustaining our environment, Proposition O projects are some of the many examples that have made storm water processes more effective. 

Prop O funding has allowed for routes of runoff to be diverted into places highly congested with vegetation for growth and sustainability.  A bioswale is an example of a system designed to do just this. It works by having water run down an incline reaching an area full of plants where the water is absorbed along with its contents.

When waste gets carried into storm water drains, it becomes confined and creates pollution. The trash on our L.A. streets usually ends up getting in runoff water affecting vegetation and natural habitats.  Other types of waste, like electronic waste found on streets also poses danger to the environment. Electronic waste should be removed from streets and/or reported as it pollutes our bodies of water and can lead to toxic tainted organisms. Therefore, it’s essential to keep our streets clean to keep natural environments, roads, and systems like bioswales free of pollution.

What I Seek to Learn From LASAN's SITES Program by Guadalupe Gutierrez

The Hire LA's Youth/Summer Introduction to Engineering and Science (SITES) Program caught my eye for various reasons.

One of the biggest reasons was that it's an internship for engineering. I have always wanted to get an engineering internship because so many jobs require experience and I decided that I should start early as I transition to the 11th grade. I also joined because I wanted to experience a real-world working environment.

I want to absorb the surroundings from the work-site offered from this internship because it prepares me for my future. It allows me to learn how I should dress and behave according to the professional setting. Finally, I decided to join because it offers incredible information about LA Sanitation's programs and our natural environment.

Why I Joined SITES by Alexander Rios

As a child I've always loved science unconditionally; science is one of the most extravagant things in the world. It opens our eyes to new things and it's a never ending puzzle waiting to be solved. There are three major reasons why I applied to the Summer Introduction to Engineering and Science (SITES) Program.

One reason is that this is an amazing opportunity to garner real-world job experience. Another reason why I wanted to join is to get an introduction to engineering as the science industry has skyrocketed since 2013. According to reports, the science industry has been more in demand so I thought to get some fulfilling and fun experience in the field over the summer. The last reason why I joined is that this SITES opportunity will allow me to dive into more specific areas of science that I'm interested in including computer science. 

I'm excited to learn and discover new things! 

Clean Streets LA Team Welcomes SITES Internship Participants!

The City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Sanitation are hosting the Summer Introduction to Engineering and Science Program (SITES) in partnership with Hire LA Youth. This program is a six-week paid summer internship which allows students to take part in training sessions, workshops, and educational field trips. SITES is available to all high school students in the Los Angeles Unified School District. 

The Clean Streets LA team is happy to welcome two SITES interns to the team this summer! Guadalupe Gutierrez and Alexander Rios will be blogging about various Clean Scenes initiatives and topics throughout their internship and much more!

Stay tuned! 

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Ways to Recycle in L.A. This Weekend

With Summer right around the corner, there are no more excuses for those bulky items or electronics left behind during Spring cleaning. This weekend, Los Angeles Sanitation will be giving Angelenos the opportunity to drop off bulky items, electronic waste and used motor oil for free!

Can't make it this weekend? No need to worry. LASAN will be hosting collection events throughout the Summer giving Angelenos plenty of opportunities to drop off those old couches and computers. 

See you there! 

Free Bulky Item Drop Off For L.A. Residents

Saturday June 17, 2017

8:00am - 4:30pm

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Used Oil & E-Waste Collection- Sunland Recreation Center

Saturday June 17, 2017

9:00am - 3:00pm

Sunland Recreation Center - 8651 Foothill Blvd, Los Angeles

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