Does your kid love ‘trash truck day’? My toddler is obsessed with trash pickup, trash trucks, trash cans and all things trash. He was watching YouTube videos of trash trucks at a local diner one morning when a kid in the next booth began telling him about all of the different types of trash trucks. My son was mesmerized that another boy was just as obsessed as he was. He was even happier to learn that every year starting in April, LA’s 6 district yards open their doors to kids (young and old!), providing access to the all of the different type of trucks used in the city. Kids (and parents) can sit inside the trucks, pull the levers to dump trash cans, honk the horns and pretend they are trash collectors for a day. Many of the open houses also have trash truck games, free food and of course souvenir trash cans to take home. Our district yard gives away fruit trees and tomato plants to those who arrive early.
The North East yard is the one we attend and is one of the smaller yards, but it is still amazing for our son. Even a year later, my son still talks about his day at “trash truck house” and plays with his trash cans all the time.
We hope to hit up a few more to see how they are different. We hear that some of the larger yards even have rides for the kids.
Here are the dates for the remaining open houses for this year:
- April 26, 2014 – East Valley District Yard
- May 17, 2014 – West Valley District Yard
- May 31, 2014 – North Central District Yard
- June 7, 2014 – South Los Angeles District Yard
- June 21, 2014 – Harbor District Yard
- June 28, 2014 – West Los Angeles District
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.
LA’s 6 District Yards:
|East Valley District Yard
11050 Pendleton Street
Sun Valley 91352
|West Valley District Yard
8840 Vanalden Avenue
|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
In addition to LA’s district yards, there are also a few other places that host events during the year. If you have missed this year’s events and cannot wait until next year, check these tours out.
Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County Tours
The SDLAC schedules public tours of the waste water and solid waste management systems. Tours are recommended for children 10 and up.
Simi Valley Landfill and Recycling Center Tour
Tours are given during the first two weeks of each month on Tuesday, Thursday or Friday. Tours are 1 hour and start from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Contact the facility for more information.