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."

Marshall Thompson October 10, 2012 at 10:54 PM
I think this is a good expenditure of public funds. At the same time I think the catering trucks that park every day south of Heathercliff/Emily Shane Way on PCH could do a much better job policing their own area. The food establishments in the Pt. Dume Plaza with whom they compete have to pay for trash cleanup as part of their rent. Maybe we can get the food trucks to pay the City some rent for the same purpose since they are there every day.
Jason M October 10, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Absolutely! Now all we need is a training program to teach people to use them!
Jenni October 10, 2012 at 11:54 PM
How do trash can's cost $38k? Are they gold plated and encrusted with diamonds? Seriously??
Sean Butler October 11, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Thats about $700 .00 a piece , between the trash trucks , the sewage trucks , the roach coches , all the people that frequent them pulling in and out, along with the MTA buses pulling in and out , the right turn lane at heathercliff and the speed that the flow of traffic has comning up the hill , why is that not a NO PARKING ZONE , or should we just wait until the lawsuits aganist the City are filed becuse of the CLEAR and PRESENT DANGER, Those trash cans are going to seem like a real bargin ....!
Pamela October 11, 2012 at 04:07 PM
I hope they put 2 of them in front of the disgusting Starbucks next to CVS and Ralph's.
Cheri Larson October 11, 2012 at 07:08 PM
John Mazza October 11, 2012 at 07:49 PM
The trash cans at Trancus Park were $1200 each. Such a deal.
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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