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City Spends $38K on Trash Cans at Malibu Bus Stops

Some 30 trash cans, including recycling bins, have been placed at bus stops around Malibu.

City Spends $38K on Trash Cans at Malibu Bus Stops

The City of Malibu has purchased 39 trash cans at a cost of $38,000 to be placed at bus stops.

Of the 39, about 30 have already been installed around Malibu, according to City Manager Jim Thorsen.

Funding came from revenue generated from Malibu's solid waste management program, Thorsen said.

"Revenue is generated from the trash haulers that supports our recycling programs," he said.

The trash cans were in the works for awhile, Councilwoman Laura Zahn Rosenthal said.

Rosenthal said she began to notice junk trucks and food trucks on Heathercliff Road and Pacific Coast Highway and asked city staff to find ways to clean up the area.

"I had been checking out the whole area around Heathercliff and [City Manager] Jim [Thorsen], the sheriff's and I had been working together to make sure they were following the rules," Rosenthal said.

She said she had also been in contact with the Malibu Bay Company to clean up a fence along the roadway that looked run-down. 

"That was [city] staff's idea to put garbage cans at every bus stop," she said.

A few weeks ago, Malibu resident JD Stevens spoke out against the growing number of food and junk removal trucks because of the amount of trash and threats to public safety.

He called the area "disgusting" because of the junk removal truck and the trash caused by customers of the "catering trucks."

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