LA Sanitation Department Open House 2017

LA Sanitation Dept Open House

Surveying the area, making their plan.

It’s almost that time of year again! The day little boys (and girls) look forward to all year long – trash truck open house! My son equates spring and summer with several things and the opening day to summer in his mind is the LA Sanitation Department’s open house.  Sadly for him, we have had absolutely no winter, so he has been confused all winter/spring about what season it is exactly.  But now that it’s May he knows it trash truck time and he can’t wait!


Another new addition last year was the sewer truck!

We are looking forward to this year to see what’s new. We were surprised by a few awesome additions last year. In addition to being able to push and pull the levers on trucks, the kids were also able to ride around the parking lot in an actual garbage truck. They loved it!  For my son though, his favorite was the addition of the sewer truck (above). This is one of his favorite vehicles out on the road.

If you have no idea what we are talking about, check out our post from 2 years ago to get all the details. But if you already know all about it, here’s the information you came looking for – 2017 dates:

Saturday, April 29, 2017 – East Valley District Yard
11050 Pendleton Street, Sun Valley 

Saturday, May 6, 2017 – West Valley District Yard
8840 Vanalden Avenue, Northridge

Saturday, May 20, 2017 – North Central District Yard**
452 North San Fernando Road, Los Angeles

Saturday, June 3, 2017 – South Los Angeles District Yard
786 South Mission Road, Los Angeles 

Saturday, June 10, 2017 – Harbor District Yard

1400 North Gaffey Street, San Pedro

Saturday, June 24, 2017 – West Los Angeles District Yard

2027 Stoner Avenue, Los Angeles

The festivities begin at 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. and usually go until 2:30 p.m. Remember to arrive early or towards the end to avoid the crush of people who turn up in the middle of the day. If you would like a chance at a free tree for your yard, show up early. They disappear quickly!  In past years, this was also a great place to recycle your old tires and other items that you aren’t sure what to do with. Contact the sanitation department to find out what they will accept this year.


Parking: Street Parking only, but there is typically plenty on San Fernando Road. Be prepared to walk a bit though.

What to bring: Hat, sunscreen and light clothes – it gets hot!

Food: Hot dogs & Hamburgers and cold drinks are provided free by the Sanitation Department


In 2014, the kids were able to ride in the trash trucks around the parking lot area.

For more information, check out the LA Sanitation Department’s website.

LA’s 6 District Yards:

East Valley District Yard
11050 Pendleton Street
Sun Valley 91352
West Valley District Yard
8840 Vanalden Avenue
Northridge 91324
North Central District Yard**
452 North San Fernando Road
Los Angeles 90031
South Los Angeles District Yard
3990 Menlo Avenue
Los Angeles 90037
Harbor District Yard
1400 N Gaffey Street
San Pedro 90731
West Los Angeles District Yard
2027 Stoner Avenue
Los Angeles 90025

(**For everyone on the east side, this is our closest yard)

Eastsiders, we will see you there on May 20th!

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The Yearly Trash Truck Open House in Los Angeles is one of the best family friendly events of the year! Mark your calendars!

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