Moving To Los Angeles
UTILITIES
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) provides electricity and water to the majority of L.A. Other areas of greater LA, including Burbank, Orange County, Malibu and Santa Monica, all have their own municipal water and electric utility providers. Deposits and set-up fees for each municipality vary and can range from $13 to $40. If you have credit issues, the DWP charges a $205 deposit, which will be refunded after a year of on-time payments. Gas service in greater LA is provided by Southern California Gas Company (www.socalgas.com). In Long Beach, Long Beach Gas & Oil provides the service. The initial set-up fee ranges from $25 to $35 for both companies.

Utility Resources
To learn more about utilities in the Los Angeles area, or to report a problem or complaint, visit these informative Web sites:
Local Garbage Service
Garbage and light trash are collected weekly by the Sanitation District of Los Angeles County (www.lacsd.org). Heavy trash is collected only on a call-in basis for some neighborhoods while others may have monthly heavy-trash pickup. There is no garbage collection on municipal holidays. Some subdivisions opt to contract local garbage companies to collect refuse. Fees for these services usually are included in the homeowners association dues.

In the county of Los Angeles, the Sanitation District provides services for 5.7 million people located in 78 cities. Actual garbage-collection services are run by the local municipalities. Fees for setting up sewage and trash pickup vary depending on where you live in the county. For questions regarding trash pickup and scheduling, contact your local municipality.

Residential Garbage Collection: Currently, homes in Los Angeles receive garbage collection service once a week on an Automated Garbage Collection System. Automated collection is a technologically advanced system that employs a specially fitted refuse truck. A sidearm grabs and lifts a special container, dumps the garbage into the truck and returns the container to the curb. Residents participating in the program receive a 65- or 90-gallon cart from the city, specially designed for automated collection. Automated trash collection is cleaner, safer and more efficient than traditional manual collection. In the past, manual garbage collection had the potential to incur millions of dollars in workers compensation costs each year. The automated system has reduced injuries, especially related to the back, which are common in garbage collection.

Tips on Residential Garbage Collection: The following are guidelines for making garbage collection more efficient and effective for the whole community.
  • How to set out your garbage: Household garbage should be put inside the city-provided container. LA provides four automated containers: black for household refuse, blue for recyclables, green for yard trimmings and brown for horse manure.
  • When to set out your garbage: The container should be placed at the curb by 6 a.m. the day of collection and removed no later than 8 p.m. that day. The container must be accessible to the automated collection truck and not be blocked by obstacles, such as trees, parked cars, mailboxes, basketball hoops and poles, holiday arches and power lines. (Drivers will not move improperly placed containers.)
  • What not to put in your garbage can: Your garbage container is for disposing of regular household garbage only. Certain items should not be disposed of in your garbage can either because they are too heavy for the equipment or because they may harm the employees, your property, neighbors, pets and the environment. Do not put the following items in your garbage can:
    • Household chemicals: These include batteries, fluorescent lights, paints and thinners, fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides, cleaners, ammonia and bleach, motor oil and other automotive fluids, pool chemicals, aerosol cans and photographic chemicals. Many cities within the Los Angeles area offer special pickups or have drop-off centers equipped to handle and dispose of hazardous materials.
    • Construction, demolition and remodeling debris: These include rocks, dirt, plywood, bricks, stone, concrete, mortar, sand, sheet rock, insulation, flooring, shingles, siding, steel roofing, sheet glass, mirrors and other similar items.
    • Dead animals: A special pickup for animals (excluding cows and horses) can be arranged with the Bureau of Sanitation Department in LA (www.lacitysan.org). Check with your city regarding their policy.
    • Computer equipment: Computers contain metals that can be harmful to the environment. LA has six S.A.F.E. centers where residents can drop off solvents, automotive parts, flammable materials and electronics. Visit www.lacitysan.org/solid_resources/special/hhw/safe_centers/ to find more information about your local center.
    • Recyclables and yard trimmings

Special Services: The city also offers a special Move-In/Move-Out service for those who are changing homes. This service is mainly for boxes or bags filled with trash as well as flattened cardboard. There are restrictions on the size and weight of the boxes, and the service has to be arranged ahead of time. Move-In/Move-Out can be requested by calling the city at (800) 773-2489.

   
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