The 2021 My LA2050 Grants Challenge is here! We're giving away $1 million to make LA the best place to live, learn, play, create, and connect.

Learn more

live / 2015

El Basurero

El Basurero

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Maker Challenge by El Basurero

MyLA311 ( is an excellent service that allows city residents who know about it get bulky items and illegally dumped furniture picked up for free. The problem is, not enough people know about it or take the few seconds involved to logon and enter a request for service. Basurero would be a sustained door to door and social media campaign to publicize MyLA311 and get neighborhoods like Koreatown, Mid City, South LA and East LA swept clean.

In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • Central LA
  • East LA
  • South LA

How do you plan to use these resources to make change?

  • Conduct research
  • Engage residents and stakeholders
  • Implement a pilot or new project
  • Mobilize for systems change
  • Advocate with policymakers and leaders
  • Implement and track policy
  • Enlist LACC or a similar organization to go door-to-door publicizing MyLA 311, showing residents how easy it is to use the app, and documenting the extent of the problem of illegally dumped items and bulky items left on the street and in empty lots.

How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics?

  • Exposure to air toxins
  • Number of households below the self-sufficiency index
  • Acres and miles of polluted waterways
  • Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (Dream Metric)
  • Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

Basurero Corps will document the program’s efficacy with before and after photos, counts of requests filed with MyLA 311. The City is already capturing this data so we will work with the Council Districts and with MyLA 311 to analyse the data and assess the impact of the program.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money (financial capital)
  • Volunteers/staff (human capital)
  • Publicity/awareness (social capital)
  • Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)
  • Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)
  • Community outreach
  • Network/relationship support
  • Quality improvement research