LA maps its trash troubles

The City of Los Angeles has unleashed a new weapon in its fight against trash and litter with CleanStat -- a comprehensive street-by-street cleanliness assessment system.

Modeled after CompStat, the police data management system, CleanStat aims to identify neighborhoods most in need of cleanup assistance or dumping enforcement.

The program began last year with sanitation workers assessing the baseline condition of 40,000 streets and alleys in the city and assigning cleanliness grades based on the amount of illegal dumping, homeless encampments, loose litter and overgrown vegetation.

The system uses dashcam video footage and geospatial data in its cleanliness survey of each street, alley and sidewalk in Los Angeles. When aggregated into operational grids, the data will help city leaders target additional resources to neighborhoods with the greatest need for cleanup.

The map-based CleanStat website allows residents to see what grade their block has received. Additionally, residents can use the city’s 311 app to report illegal dumping, procure community cleanup supplies or get  bulky items picked up for free.

“A citywide data-driven system will ensure resources are deployed where they are needed the most, and represents a methodical step towards the implementation of an effective citywide neighborhood cleanup program,” Councilmember Gil Cedillo said.

CleanStat and other sanitation efforts in Los Angeles are part of the Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Clean Streets LA initiative, an effort started to address outstanding illegal-dumping requests.

About the Author

Derek Major is a former reporter for GCN.


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