Although Earth Day is only once a year, the City of Angels works year round to ensure our city implements the goals set out in Mayor Garcetti’s Sustainability Plan. Los Angeles Sanitation runs over ten programs across L.A. County to protect our water, reduce waste and educate our communities on sustainable practices and efforts.
Below are some facts and figures highlighting how Los Angeles and LASAN celebrate Earth Day every day
1. L.A. has one of the highest solid waste recycle rates of a large American city at 76.4%.
2. During the 2015-2016 fiscal year, LA Sanitation collected over 10 million pounds of hazardous waste at S.A.F.E. centers.
3. The City of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works hosted over 306 cleanup events in the 2015-2016 fiscal year adding up to about 96,230 volunteer hours.
4. 95% of bulky item pickups were completed by the next day collection day during the 2015-2016 fiscal year. With more efficient cleaning practices, Los Angeles residents enjoyed a year of cleaner and safer streets regardless of zip code.
5. The Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve was created as a vegetation experiment in 1979 by the Army of Corps of Engineers and has a pond that reaches the Los Angeles River and Haskell Creek.
6. Griffith Park Composting Facility composts more than 3,500 tons of organic material. This facility is also the first of its kind in the United States. Visitors of the facility can also learn to compost on their own and are provided with complimentary mulch to take home.
7. From May 2015 through Feb. 2017, LASAN aims to expand Advanced Water Purification Facilities (AWPF) to produce 12 million gallons per day of purified recycled water.
8. Over the course of the last fiscal year, LASAN cleaned 594 miles of sewers per month preventing spills, odors and hazards from affecting our communities.