Where The Streets Are Paved With Mulch


March 4, 2011 by Leah

I totally feel like a gold prospector who packed up her family and worldly possessions and headed West towards the unknown based on a few tales about gold nuggets. Although I suppose two hours of my morning isn’t quite the same as uprooting entire lives.

Prior to 8:30 a.m., I taped up three moving boxes, threw the shovels and the hazardous waste from my painting project into the car, and headed off to the Bureau of Sanitation site in San Pedro. I spent some time yesterday learning all about the free mulch (made from yard clippings!) offered by the City of L.A. at drop points such as this one. I even checked out the place on Yelp – reviewers were wild about this mulch, and about the fact that there is a household hazardous waste collection site right next to the mulch. Some of the reviews talked about broken glass or bits of plastic in the mulch, which gave me pause, but hey, it’s free, right?

What should have been a 30-minute drive took close to an hour as I first headed to 1400 SOUTH Gaffey Street rather than NORTH Gaffey Street.  No big deal, though – it was a chance to see San Pedro, which seems like a nice community.

When I finally found the place I was impressed by the gardens that seemed to be spreading up the hill behind the Bureau of Sanitation outpost.

Community gardens, San Pedro

I was not as impressed by the fact that household hazardous waste was only accepted during the hours of 9 and 5 on Saturdays and Sundays.

I was even less impressed by what I found at the free mulch site:

Not much mulch


3 thoughts on “Where The Streets Are Paved With Mulch

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  2. Dad Bailey says:

    Mulch ado about nothing?

  3. […] easily, so we shouldn’t have the same kind of troubles procuring bed-making materials as I ran into last year. We may have some trouble transporting all this dirt, but Aaron has been jonesing for a second […]

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