A B.LA reader asked:
Can you please do something on what the laws are about leaving trash cans in the street 24/7? People do this in my neighborhood trying to block off spots and then leave angry notes on your car if you move them or park there. Isn’t this illegal? I can’t find anything about this online. I’d greatly appreciate your investigative report. Thanks.
So I did a little digging and found this page which confirms what I thought:
The Bureau of Sanitation services four automated containers: black (for household refuse), blue (for recyclables), green (for yard trimmings) and brown (for horse manure) containers. Containers must be placed at the curb by 6:00a.m. on the day of collection, and removed no later than 8:00p.m. on the day of collection. On collection day, all containers should be placed with the handles facing the house, with at least 3 feet separating the bins and any other object at the curb. If you have any questions concerning your City issued containers or would like to inquire about other Bureau of Sanitation services, please call us at 1-800-773-2489.
Basically trash cans (of any sort) should only be present on the street on the day of trash pick up. The website offers no quote of what section of the municipal code covers these rules or the remedy for folks that are abusing both the parking-free-for-all we’re guaranteed under the constitution (pursuit of liberty?). But my guess is that a call to that number would probably result in a referral to the local police. My suggestion is to call the local precinct and request the Senior Lead Officer (SLO) and ask for their advice. Some precincts have something called a Problem Solving Unit (many thanks to the LACity Nerd for directing me there last year) to see if they can intervene.
I’d love it if you follow up and let us know what they can do (and who does it).