Public Works - Maintenance Division
The Public Works - Maintenance Division provides a wide variety of services to the residents and visitors of the City. The Division operates and maintains city-owned facilities, parks, roads, sidewalks and curb infrastructure and provide partial maintenance on sewers and storm drains.
Graffiti or other vandalism is a public nuisance and the City of La Puente is dedicated in 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 at (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 the treatment of 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.
Refuse and Recycling:
Trash and Recycling Services within the City are provided by Valley Vista Services through an exclusive franchise agreement for both 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.
Residential Trash Collection
All single family homes in 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 green cart is for green waste.
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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 provides residents with a three times per year, four item per pick up, on-call bulky item collection service at no additional charge. You must call VVS 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 computer, keyboards, monitors or electronic devices banned from landfills. For additional information or to schedule pick up, please call VVS at 626-855-5500.
Holidays That Affect Trash Collection
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.
New Year’s Day
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 http://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 VVS at 626-855-5500 for commercial and multi-family service accounts.
Mandatory Commercial Recycling Bill (AB341)
The State of California passed Assembly Bill 341, requiring mandatory commercial recycling, starting July 1, 2012. Commercial businesses and Multi-family complexes that are affected must 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.
Mandatory Organics Recycling Law AB1826
The State of California passed the Mandatory Organics Recycling Law AB1826 (effective April 1, 2016) to reduce the amount of compostable materials sent to the 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 follow the below link or contact Valley Vista Services at 626-855-5500.
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 City of La Puente’s 34.5 miles of streets and medians are maintained by the Maintenance Division. The Maintenance Division is also responsible in providing convenient and safe public right-of-ways, such as parkways, sidewalks and curbs, as well as 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-ways, please call the Maintenance Division at (626) 855-1522.
Residents are encouraged to use effective outdoor water reduction methods in an effort 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.