The Public Works – Maintenance Division provides a wide variety of services to the City’s residents and visitors. The Division operates and maintains city-owned facilities, parks, roads, sidewalks, and curb infrastructure and provides partial maintenance on sewers and storm drains.
Graffiti or other vandalism is a public nuisance, and the City of La Puente is dedicated to proactively seeking and removing unsightly and obnoxious graffiti in public areas. Working in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Graffiti Abatement Unit of the Maintenance Division proactively seeks and removes graffiti. Residents are encouraged to call the City’s Graffiti Hotline to report graffiti to (626) 855-1598.
The City of La Puente is an “Urban Forest Tree City.” Trees have many benefits; they beautify our City, increase property value, lower air temperature, intercept particulate matter and absorb gasses through their leaves. The City’s Maintenance Division is responsible for all maintenance needs of our 4,986 parkway trees, including trimming, planting, and treating pests and diseases. For tree trimming, planting, or removal requests, please call the Maintenance Division at (626) 855-1522.
The Maintenance Division maintains all
City public facilities including the La Puente Park and Puente Creek
Nature Education Center Park using cost effective planning, designing,
and construction practices.
Trash and Recycling Services
Valley Vista Services provide trash and Recycling Services within the City through an exclusive franchise agreement for residential and commercial solid waste. Provided below is information on the City’s residential curbside collection program and other types of collection and recycling programs and services. If you require further information regarding trash collection and recycling services and programs, please contact Valley Vista Services (VVS) at 626-855-5500.
The City of La Puente offers a Waste Disposal Service Discount for qualified residents. Click here for details and requirements.
Residential Trash Collection
All single-family homes in the City of La Puente are provided with curbside pickup for trash, recyclables, and green waste. Each residence is provided with three carts: the brown/black cart is for trash, the blue cart is for recyclables, and the green cart is for green waste.
Valley Vista Services Links
Bulky Item Disposal
Residents are encouraged to recycle bulky items through charitable organizations and thrift stores. However, if unable to do so, Valley Vista Services (V.V.S.) provides residents three times per year, four-item per pick up, on-call bulky item collection service at no additional charge. You must call V.V.S. in advance of your regularly scheduled collection day and schedule a special collection of large bulky items. Bulky items consist of those items too large to fit into the standard collection cart like refrigerators, couches, mattresses, or items such as computers, keyboards, monitors, or electronic devices banned from landfills. For additional information or to schedule pick up, please call V.V.S. at 626-855-5500.
Holidays That Affect Trash Collection
- New Year’s Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Day
If your trash collection day falls on, or after a holiday listed below, your service will be delayed by one service day. For all other holidays, your trash collection will be on schedule.
Proper Disposal of Hazardous Waste
Hazardous wastes should not be put in the trash, poured down a sink drain, or poured down storm drains. Common household hazardous wastes include – used motor oil, used oil filters, antifreeze, paint, paint thinner, cleaning products, pool chemicals, pesticides, mercury thermometers, expired medication, syringes, batteries, light bulbs, TVs, VCRs, landline, and cell phones, computers, printers, copiers, stereos, appliances, etc. For proper disposal, please call 1-800-CLEANLA or go to www.lacsd.org for a Household Hazardous Waste Round-Up event in your area. The City hosts a household hazardous waste roundup event annually at La Puente Park on the second Saturday in July.
Used Motor Oil
Motor oil is considered hazardous waste and should not be put in the trash (even in a sealed container), poured onto the ground, or into storm drains as it can contaminate and pollute the soil, groundwater, streams, and rivers. Recycling your used motor oil reduces this pollution threat. When you take your used oil to a certified center for recycling, you are protecting the environment, conserving a valuable resource. Go to www.calrecycle.ca.gov/UsedOil to locate a local certified recycling center.
Commercial and Multi-Family Service
Valley Vista Services provides refuse service to La Puente’s commercial and Multi-Family sectors. Please contact V.V.S. at 626-855-5500 for commercial and multi-family service accounts.
Construction and Demolition Waste Management Program
Chapter 4.12 of the La Puente Municipal Code requires that at least 65% of the material generated during a construction and demolition (C&D) project be diverted from landfills and recycling appropriately. To ensure compliance with this requirement, the City of La Puente requires submission of a C&D Waste Management Plan and payment of a diversion deposit.
To gain access to the form and to learn more about the program above, click here.
For general inquires regarding the program, please contact (626) 855-1507.
New Food & Yard Waste Rules (SB 1383)
To maintain compliance with the State, on September 14, 2021, the La Puente City Council passed the City’s Mandatory Organic Waste Disposal Reduction Ordinance (Ordinance No. 21-976) requiring all residential, commercial and multi-family premises in the City to participate in the City’s Organic Waste Reduction Program. The City of La Puente will be implementing various measures to achieve the state-mandated waste diversion goals. Included in this Ordinance, are mandatory requirements and penalties for non-compliance. The State will also fine the City if they are not providing all required recycling and organic waste recycling programs. It is the City’s intent to implement the regulations as efficiently as possible in order to minimize any additional impacts to the business community. More information on SB 1383 can be found at the State website https://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/organics/slcp.
Reason for Changes
In 2016 Senate Bill (SB) 1383 established a goal of reducing the volume of organic waste disposed in California landfills by 75% by 2025. As defined by the law, organic waste includes lawn and landscaping debris, wood and lumber, food, food-soiled paper and other paper and cardboard products. Currently, two-thirds of this material is landfilled. As organics break down in landfills, they create methane, a powerful greenhouse gas which the state of California has identified as a factor in climate change. In addition, SB 1383 establishes a goal of increasing edible food recovery by 20% by 2025.
The regulations also specify that certain food-related businesses must donate the FOOD INSECURE maximum amount of edible food they would otherwise dispose of to food recovery organizations. Starting January, 2022, wholesale food vendors, food service providers, food distributors, grocery stores and supermarkets,
must donate surplus edible food to food recovery organizations. Starting in 2024 this will include hotels, restaurant facilities, health facilities, state agency cafeterias, large venues, events and educational facilities. California is working towards a 2025 goal to redirect and donate 20% of edible food to those in need.
Collection and Recycling
Starting in 2022, the City and the Franchised Waste Hauler will expand organic waste collection services for residents and businesses. Food and yard waste collected in green carts will be recycled using:
- Composting facilities that make soil amendments, materials that are added to soil to change and improve it.
- Anaerobic digestion facilities, technology and microorganisms break down organic waste in closed spaces where there is no oxygen and create renewable natural gas.
Who is Affected?
The new organic waste law affects all Californians, including single family residences, multi-family complexes, commercial entities, and schools. The City of La Puente is expecting to launch its organic recycling program in December, 2021 through March, 2022. Residents and businesses will be notified prior to implementation of the new recycling rules through mailed notifications.
Residential and Multi-Family (1-4 units)
By March, 2022, Green carts will be used for all “organics,” including lawn and garden debris, food scraps and food-soiled paper, such as pizza boxes and paper plates. Instead of putting food into your trash cart, you will now separate it in the kitchen and place it into the green cart. Kitchen scrap pails along with an initial supply of compostable plastic bags will be made available to help you separate food scraps from miscellaneous trash in the kitchen. As soon as you receive your new kitchen pails, begin placing bagged food scraps and food-soiled paper into the green cart with your yard waste. You can use this pail with the bags to collect fruit, vegetables, bones, coffee grounds, dairy products, eggshells, fish, meat, grain products, baked goods, spoiled food, uneaten leftovers and similar items. The pail helps reduce odor and keeps your kitchen tidy before you empty the scraps into your green cart.”
Commercial and Multi-Family (5+ Units)
If you operate a business in the City of La Puente, you are required to participate in the organics (including food waste) collection service via Valley Vista Services or self-haul organic waste (including food waste) to a specified composting facility, community composting program, or other collection activity or program. Please note that Self-Haulers must keep a record of the amount of Organic Waste delivered to each Solid Waste facility, operation, activity, or property that processes or recovers Organic Waste. This record along with delivery receipts/weight tickets must be submitted to the City quarterly. Starting in December. 2021, the City and the Valley Vista Services will expand Organic Waste Collection Services for businesses. Valley Vista Services will be automatically delivering Green Carts to all businesses generating two cubic yards or more of waste and used for all “organics,” including landscaping, food scraps and food-soiled paper. To assist with assessing your organics volume, please go the VVS website link, https://www.vallevvistaservices.com/la-puente-survev/, and fill out the short survey, If you have space constraints or produce less than 20 gallons of organic material you may apply for a waiver. Assistance with on-site food scraps recycling and setting up a food recovery program is available. Get more information by contacting Valley Vista Services at (800) 442-6454.
To reduce food waste and help address food insecurity, SB 1383 requires that by 2025 California will recover 20 percent of edible food that would otherwise be sent to landfills, to feed people in need. The law directs that Food Generators must arrange to recover the maximum amount of their edible food that would otherwise go to landfills and to maintain records of their food donation activities. SB 1383 places mandated food donors into two tiers. This tier system allows businesses and jurisdictions more time to prepare to expand or build new food recovery infrastructure and capacity to donate foods that are harder to safely store and distribute. If you are a Tier 1 or Tier 2 Generator, this applies to your business, please click on the link or QR code shown below and fill out fill out the SB 1383 Survey for Food Generators:
City of La Puente SB 1383 Survey Form
Food Donation Resources
Mandatory Commercial Recycling Bill (AB341)
California passed Assembly Bill 341, requiring mandatory commercial recycling, starting July 1, 2012. Commercial businesses and Multi-family complexes that are affected must be either source separate trash from recyclables on-site or co-mingle trash and recyclables in one container. La Puente’s service provider does co-mingle trash and recyclables. However, if you generate a lot of recycling material, a separate recycling bin may provide opportunities for your business to save money. For more information, please follow the below link or contact Valley Vista Services at 626-855-5500 or visit this link for AB341
Mandatory Organics Recycling Law (AB1826)
California passed the Mandatory Organics Recycling Law AB1826 (effective April 1, 2016) to reduce the number of compostable materials sent to landfills. AB 1826 phases in requirements for businesses that generate specified amounts of organic waste per week to arrange recycling services for that material. Valley Vista Services Commercial Organic Waste Recycling Program was created for those generators that either meet the requirements of mandatory organics recycling (AB1826), or those generators that choose to opt into a source-separated organics recycling program. If you require further information, please contact Valley Vista Services at 626-855-5500 or visit this link for AB1826
La Puente Refuse and Recycling Newsletter click here
Sewers and Storm Drains
The Maintenance Division is
responsible for the maintenance, repair, and cleaning of 63.2 miles of
La Puente City sewers and 1,386 La Puente City street manholes.
The Maintenance Division maintains the City of La Puente’s 34.5 miles of streets and medians. The Maintenance Division is also responsible for providing convenient and safe public right-of-ways, such as parkways, sidewalks, and curbs, conducting weed abatement, removing and disposing of debris, and abandoned shopping carts. To report pot-holes, damaged sidewalks, curbs, or streets, or request removal of debris on City streets or in the public right-of-way, please call the Maintenance Division at (626) 855-1522.
Valley Vista Services is the City’s street sweeping contractor. Please see the attached City of La Puente Street Sweeping Map for street sweeping routes and schedules.
Residents are encouraged to use effective outdoor water reduction methods to conserve water. The City’s three water companies are La Puente Valley County Water District (626) 330-2126, San Gabriel Valley Water Company (626) 448-6183, and Suburban Water Systems (626) 543-2640. Please contact your waste service provider for current water conservation measures and restrictions.