Recycling in Venice gets a helping hand!

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Recycling in Venice just got easier with the installation of 12 new recycling bins along the boardwalk. The bins are part of nonprofit Chrysalis Enterprises’s effort to help homeless and disadvantaged with employment. Thanks go out to Councilman Bill Rosendahl and Mike Newhouse, president of the Venice Neighborhood Council for making this happen.

Councilmember Bill Rosendahl

Picture courtesy of Councilmember Bill Rosendahl

From Councilmember Bill Rosendahl’s office:

In an effort to promote environmental awareness and employ the homeless, Councilmember Bill Rosendahl and the Venice Neighborhood Council are launching a new recycling program at Venice Beach.

The program, unveiled today at a press conference on the famed Ocean Front Walk, will reduce landfill waste, cut ocean pollution, promote recycling, and create “green collar” jobs for the homeless. Rosendahl, neighborhood leaders, and sanitation officials installed 12 blue recycling bins along the busiest sections of the boardwalk. The bins will be emptied and maintained by homeless people working for a local non-profit agency.

“This project is great for the community, great for the environment, and great for the homeless,” Rosendahl said. “Venice Beach is the City’s top tourist attraction, and I hope this program can be a model for the rest of the City.”

Rosendahl and the Venice Neighborhood Council conceived of the idea to install the bins as part of a larger campaign to make Venice into a more environmentally sustainable community. The neighborhood council played an integral role in designing the bins and selecting appropriate locations for them in areas with lots of foot traffic.

“This project is a fantastic example of a neighborhood council working together with the city government and non-profit sector to effectively address a local challenge,” said Mike Newhouse, president of the neighborhood council. “I envision this process as a model for similar collaborative efforts in Venice and throughout the City.”

The Venice blue bins were specifically designed to be visually consistent with the blue bins that Angelenos use to recycle at home, and the Venice bins can accept the full range of recyclable materials including: plastics, paper, cardboard, glass bottles, metal cans, and Styrofoam™. The Bureau of Sanitation purchased the bright blue recycling bins using proceeds from a tax on private trash haulers.

This project will help implement the City of Los Angeles’ Zero Waste Plan, which establishes programs and benchmarks for the City to dramatically reduce the amount of garbage sent to landfills. The Zero Waste Plan has been gathering public input for the last year on how to deal with the solid waste crisis. Speaking to community stakeholders, project manager Reina Pereira said, “We heard you, and today the Bureau of Sanitation is proud to see the installation of the recycling bins on Venice Beach come to fruition. This is one of many future steps that will pave the way to achieving zero waste in our city by 2030.”

The new recycling bins will be serviced by Chrysalis Enterprises, a non profit organization dedicated to helping homeless and economically disadvantaged individuals become self-sufficient through employment opportunities. Chrysalis’ recycling program pays for itself at no cost to the city by selling the collected materials to recycling companies, who in turn convert these materials into new products. The new recycling bins in Venice will allow Chrysalis to provide more quality jobs for its clients who are working to turn their lives around.

“A steady job makes all the difference in dealing with poverty in Los Angeles,” said Mark Loranger, vice president of Chrysalis Enterprises. “This innovative environmental partnership will extract value from our waste and give hard working men and women the opportunity to permanently change their lives.”

The City’s Department of Recreation and Parks, which operates the Venice Boardwalk, expects to see its trash disposal costs decrease as a result of the new recycling bins. It costs about $35 per ton to dispose of garbage, while selling recyclables can generate about $25 per ton in revenue. While space is very limited on the boardwalk, which is often crowded with vendors, artists and beachgoers, the Department saw the importance of making room for an environmental cause that will help its bottom line.

Rosendahl expressed his pride in bringing all these players together to create a quality program: “Government is most effective when it works hand in hand with local community groups. I applaud the leadership of the Venice Neighborhood Council for focusing its energy on such tangible neighborhood improvements that will improve the environment in which we all live.”

This innovative environmental project is one of a number of public recycling projects underway in commercial areas of Rosendahl’s district. In April, Rosendahl joined community leaders at the Village Green in Pacific Palisades to celebrate the installation of the city’s first “blue bin” recycling container on a public sidewalk. Additional recycling bins will be installed in Pacific Palisades this summer, and Rosendahl plans to install recycling bins in Brentwood as well.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. The city is never going to make any money on recycling when the homeless beat them to the punch coming to take all the bottles and cans that are worth anything out of our recycling cans the night before trash day. Are there laws against stealing recycling?

  2. There are laws – since technically, once anything has been placed in a city bin (residential included), it belongs to the city.

    But I don’t really have a problem with people taking cans and bottles that they can redeem for cash. In my neighborhood, it seems to be one family that goes through the recycling, and it’s hard to look at the legality of that when they have their kids with them.

    The good thing about these bins on the boardwalk is that they are just like our blue residential bins – so ALL recyclables can go in there.

  3. MY COMMENT TO CHRYSALIS ENTERPRISES FOR TAKING ME THIS FAR FOR 7TO 8MOS PERIOD I THOUGH IT WAS GOING TO BE HARD BUT COME TO FIND OUT IT WAS’NT I TOOK THE TIME TO PUT IN A ENOUGH EFFORT TO BE COMING UP TO CHRYSALIS EVERYDAY FOR 7 TO 8 MOS PERIOD THEY THING IS EASY TO DO THINK THAT.BUT IT’S NOT. THANKS TO MRS ALICE BURNS, CLARENCE MITCHELL,JOEY MORGAN, LAST BUT NOT LEAST MY HOME BOY DONTE COLLINS THANK TO EDDIE SIMS FOR TAKING FOR THAT EFFORT TO JOIN THE RECYCLING TEAM. I KNOW THAT I GOT A NAME UP AT CHRYSALIS. ONCE AGAIN THANKS TO HEAD FIELD SUPERVISOR CLARENCE MITCHELL JOEY MORGAN LAST BUT NOT LEAST SUPERVISOR EDDIE SIMS FOR RECYCLING TEAM FOR COURING ME TO STAY FOCUS ON MY JOB AND TO MOVE FORWARD IN LIFE. WHEN I HAVE SMALL GROUP I BE SUPERVISING THEN MY SURE THAT I DON’T HAVE TO TELL THEM BUT ONE TIME TO DO THEY JOB.THANK TO CEO VICE PRESIDENT AT CHRYSALIS ENTERPRISES MARK TREVOR LIZ MO VICTOR LAST BUT NOT LEAST OSCAR MORAN FOR HAVING ME TO STAY FOCUS AND I DID’NT FORGET ABOUT JOSIE MRS GREEN AND JERRY WILLIAMS. MAYBE SOME DAY I WANT TO OPEN UP MY OWN BUSINESS DOING RECYCLE IN THE FUTURE AND MAKE TONS OF JUST OFF DOING RECYCLE. THINK YOU MY CHRYSALIS COLLIDES. HAVE A NICE DAY IN THIS HOT SUMMER.

  4. I LIKE THE RECYCLE BUSINESS AND WILL LIKE TO STAY WITH THIS BUSINESS FOR HOW EVER LONG I CAN STAY. AND LATER ON I WANT TO OWN MY RECYCLE COMPANY AND HIRE PEOPLE TO WORK FOR ME.