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In With The Clean, Out With the Clutter
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With Spring officially days away, we can look forward to warmer days and another season of fresh beginnings. This is also the perfect time to do a spring cleaning, which includes decluttering, organizing, and sprucing up your home. It might seem like a daunting task to take on but with these tips, LA Sanitation & Environment wants to help you get started.  

  • Tackle your clutter
    • No spring cleaning job is complete without a massive waste haul. Set time aside to walk through your home looking for things to remove. You can use bins to put items that you plan to recycle, throw away, and donate. If you are having a hard time deciding what to remove, remember the golden rule of decluttering: get rid of anything that you have not used in a year. If you haven’t used it in that time, there is a good chance that you are never going to use it. Large unwanted items can be disposed of by using LA Sanitation & Environment’s Bulky Item Pickup service. Call (800) 773-2489 to learn more and schedule a pickup.
  • Clean out your kitchen
    • In many homes, the kitchen tends to be the heart of the home, making it an area that definitely needs to be cleaned. Go through your storage areas and toss out expired products. If you have extra canned goods, donate them to your local food bank. Lastly, as you clean through your kitchen, keep track of the food items that you already have and what you need to restock. That way, on your next grocery trip, you are more likely to buy items that you actually need, which prevents excess items and reduces waste.
  • Say no to household hazardous waste (HHW)
    • As you are cleaning your home, you may come across HHW items like dead batteries, burnt-out fluorescent bulbs, old cosmetics, and unused medications. These items are considered toxic waste and when they end up in landfills, they can leach toxins into our air, soil, and groundwater. You can help prevent this from happening by properly disposing of these items at a collection center. LA Sanitation & Environment has SAFE Centers and collection events all across the city that will take and properly dispose of unwanted household hazardous waste.
  • Don’t forget your electronics
    • Since the year started, you might have upgraded some of your electronic devices like your cell phone or laptop. Your discarded electronic devices are considered electronic waste, or e-waste. These often carry toxic metals, like cadmium and lead, that can contaminate landfills and end up in our water supply when devices are improperly disposed. To help prevent this, while doing your spring-cleaning, be sure to make time to take your e-waste to your local SAFE Center or e-waste collection center.
  • Start good habits
    • After decluttering and tidying your home, you will be approaching the end of your spring cleaning feeling excited about a clean house. Why not take all this good work a step further by committing to more environmentally-friendly actions? For example, you can buy a set of reusable bags for grocery shopping to leave in your car so you don’t forget them when you are out-and-about. Perhaps you put your lunch sandwiches in plastic baggies everyday and you can limit your plastic use by getting reusable sandwich bags. You can also take the example from members of the Buy Nothing group who limit their waste by using recycled items from their neighbors instead of buying new ones.  Every action that you can take to reduce waste keeps our environment cleaner and prevents pollution. 

Happy cleaning, friends! If you have any questions or spring cleaning tips that you would like to share with us, e-mail us at lastormwater@lacity.org

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