by Mary Lynch
Some 4,600 individuals and families in Los Angeles live in RVs and vans. The human waste collected in such “housing” needs to get into the City sewer system and be treated so that bacteria doesn’t infect our water, cause disease and otherwise harm the environment.
Working with L.A. Homeless Services and L.A. Sanitation, Councilmember Gil Cedillo has arranged for the North Central Sanitation Yard in Lincoln Heights to be used as a site for RV waste disposal. Starting last Dec. 3, RVs have been able to use the Yard to safely dispose of waste on Mondays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“We were starting to see illegal dumping all around the district,” said Mr. Cedillo’s spokesperson. “We want to help individuals experiencing homelessness and the availability of the sanitation yard within the district made it a possible to help RV dwelling families to legally dispose of their waste.”
The waste disposal service is free to RV dwellers. The RVs must be properly registered and the the driver must have a valid driver’s licenses. A voucher is needed to access the service, but those vouchers are available at the North Central Yard.