What’s Causing Los Angeles' Trash Problem?

A pest control company recommends the city clear out homeless encampments to solve the city’s rodent problem, but the mayor blames illegal dumping.

Waste360 Staff, Staff

June 11, 2019

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A growing trash and vermin problem in downtown Los Angeles has prompted Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to say that blaming the homeless community is misplaced.

According to a CBS Los Angeles report, back in December, a pest control company investigated a rat problem at City Hall and found that there were 60 to 80 rodent boroughs on the property. One of the company’s recommendations was to clear out the homeless community outside of City Hall due to trash buildups and encampments.

But Garcetti, who also spoke out about the issue, said the homeless community is not entirely to blame, according to the report. He put the blame on “illegal dumping” rather than the homeless community.

Check out the full report here.

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