We received this timely announcement from Elizabeth Reynolds, a local resident who serves on the board of Mid City West Community Council:
At a recent Melrose Action meeting, the issue of bottle collectors and transients trespassing in our backyards was brought up again to our LAPD Senior Lead Officer Art Gallegos.
Officer Gallegos understands the seriousness of this problem and asks residents, “Please do not encourage these individuals to collect plastic and glass bottles from trash bins located in the back of your buildings and backyards.”
You are not lacking in compassion to stop this illegal act of dumpster diving. Yes, times are hard for everyone, but encouraging this behavior, or even just ignoring it, suggests that we do not have a neighborhood watch to the “bottle walkers” in question.
All recyclables that are put in the blue bins become the City’s property. Removing these recyclables is against the law. Further, bottle collectors who enter private property to rummage through bins are trespassing, which is also against the law.
Allowing this illegal activity just encourages many other transients to come into our neighborhood to do the same thing.
The LAPD definitely wants to be called in the event someone is trespassing in the back of our buildings for any reason. Many of the individuals doing so are often scouting out homes and businesses for the purpose of burglarizing them.
Again, if you are witness to dumpster diving or anyone entering onto the premises that does not belong there, tell them to leave immediately.
For more information, contact Officer Gallegos at 213-793-0708.