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City Spends $38K on Trash Cans at Malibu Bus Stops

Some 30 trash cans, including recycling bins, have been placed at bus stops around Malibu.

The City of Malibu has purchased 39 trash cans at a cost of $38,000 to be placed at bus stops.

Of the 39, about 30 have already been installed around Malibu, according to City Manager Jim Thorsen.

Funding came from revenue generated from Malibu's solid waste management program, Thorsen said.

"Revenue is generated from the trash haulers that supports our recycling programs," he said.

The trash cans were in the works for awhile, Councilwoman Laura Zahn Rosenthal said.

Rosenthal said she began to notice junk trucks and food trucks on Heathercliff Road and Pacific Coast Highway and asked city staff to find ways to clean up the area.

"I had been checking out the whole area around Heathercliff and [City Manager] Jim [Thorsen], the sheriff's and I had been working together to make sure they were following the rules," Rosenthal said.

She said she had also been in contact with the Malibu Bay Company to clean up a fence along the roadway that looked run-down. 

"That was [city] staff's idea to put garbage cans at every bus stop," she said.

A few weeks ago, Malibu resident JD Stevens spoke out against the growing number of food and junk removal trucks because of the amount of trash and threats to public safety.

He called the area "disgusting" because of the junk removal truck and the trash caused by customers of the "catering trucks."

Jason M October 11, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Starbucks has a couple cans already. But no instructions on how to use them Pam.
Kelli November 04, 2012 at 05:51 PM
$38,000 for 39 trashcans - really ?!?!?! That's nearly $1000 per trashcan. Are they gold plated? Do they empty themselves? C'mon, is ghat how the City chooses to waste our precious tax dollars? Did any of our council members try to get a corporate sponsor for the trashcans? Couldn't some of that outrageous expenditur been mitigated with some selective advertising? I'd welcome feedback on this from any of our council members!
Terry November 04, 2012 at 06:26 PM
another opportunity missed by our city. they could of gotten the 55 drum containers like they use at the beach and had the kids in school paint them as an art project. that would of cost a lot less and promoted the spirit of malibu. they could of donated the left over $35,000 to scholarships. our city counsel certainly could use some more creative juices
Candace Brown November 05, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Check out our trash cans that are used at our homes. They are made in Canada. Wonder how much they cost and who made the decision to buy foreign...
Dana Caffrey December 04, 2012 at 08:33 AM
I hope that people will learn how to use trash cans, coz no matter how many trash cans will be placed or how expensive it could be, if people still throws at the streets, it's useless. TrashcansUnlimited.com

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