Did you know that the City of Santa Ana is going into the last year of their trash contract with Waste Management? The contract expires in about January of 2018.
Some residents have been pushing for recyclables trash cans that are retrofitted with gravity locks as they have found that their recyclables are often pilfered by unknown individuals.
It would cost our city about $2.1M to retrofit the current trash cans with gravity locks, so that is not likely to happen.
The reason this matters is that our city is losing a lot of recyclables. Santa Ana has the most buy-back recyclable sites in Orange County and Southern California is number one in the nation, per capita, for buy-back, recyclable sites.
Illegal scavenging of our recyclables is not considered a serious crime by the SAPD – then again they are so understaffed they can barely do anything about the ongoing gang violence in our city.
Currently Santa Ana residents are recycling 67% of their waste, but the new state mandate is 75%. That will be a huge problem with all the scavenging that goes on. But another problem is “contamination.” Apparently many of our residents mix up their waste streams. Imagine trying to sift through recyclables at a recycling plant only to keep running into dirty diapers and food waste…
We are told that currently the City of Santa Ana is weighing whether to make the locking reyclable trash cans a requirement in the scope of their new waste contract in 2018. If you would like this to happen be sure to send an email to that affect to the Public Works agency at firstname.lastname@example.org.