LA Sanitation Department Open House 2018

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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 (and the Fire Service Recognition Day!).  This year’s events are a little more spread out meaning that you could reasonably hit all 6 open houses!

Another new addition last year was the sewer truck!

Last year, more than 7,000 Angelenos attended LA Sanitation Open House events with almost 300 city employees volunteering their time to “give back”.  It really is a super special event where residents can learn more about what goes on behind the scenes at the LA Sanitation Department. Meeting the truck drivers is always a highlight as you can tell how proud they are of their trucks and the work they do. They genuinely love to share their excitement with the kiddos who are in awe of being so close to the trash trucks.

The different events throughout the city provide a variety of activities and education sessions. Some give plant saplings away to plant at home, while some have fun recycling games for the kids to test their knowledge. But the big draw is always the demonstrations and hands on activities relating directly to the trash trucks.

In addition to the fun for kids, LA Sanitation also works with “City Plants” to provide 50 fruit and 50 shade trees for adoption by city residents, on a first-come-served basis at each yard, while supplies last. We still have our kumquat tree we got several years ago!

There is no charge for admission and all ages are welcome. Please leave your furry friends at home! Free food and giveaways are available as well cooked right on the spot by LA Sanitation workers.

Here are the LA Sanitation Department’s Open House dates and locations for 2018.

Saturday, April 28, 2018 – East Valley District Yard
11050 Pendleton Street, Sun Valley 

Saturday, May 19, 2018 – West Valley District Yard
8840 Vanalden Avenue, Northridge

Saturday, June 2, 2018 – North Central District Yard**
452 North San Fernando Road, Los Angeles

Saturday, June 9, 2018 – South Los Angeles District Yard
786 South Mission Road, Los Angeles 

Saturday, June 23, 2018 – Harbor District Yard

1400 North Gaffey Street, San Pedro

Saturday, June 30, 2018 – West Los Angeles District Yard

2027 Stoner Avenue, Los Angeles

The festivities begin at 9 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!

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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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