Beach spots get trashcans back

Public trash cans and collection services to La Jolla coastal access points have been restored, Councilwoman Sherri Lightner announced late Wednesday.

The trashcans had been removed from these spots as a result of an earlier council decision. After a reevaluation of trashcan usage, cans from other areas where they were abundant were relocated to La Jolla, Lightner said.

“I am pleased to have worked with the mayor’s office to restore this important service to coastal access points in our La Jolla neighborhoods,” said Lightner, whose First District includes La Jolla, Carmel Valley, Del Mar Mesa, Pacific Highlands Ranch, Rancho Penasquitos, Torrey Hills, Torrey Highlands, Torrey Pines and University City.

“The city is doing its best with limited resources to make sure that coastal access points continue to have trash cans and collection services, because we know this is a priority for our La Jolla neighborhoods.”

The restored trashcans are located along Spindrift Drive, Marine Street, Sea Lane, Vista de la Playa and Sea Ridge Drive at Linda Avenue.

Trashcan replacement and services are being done within the city’s current operating budget and without requiring additional funds, Lightner said.

Darcy Ashley, president of La Jolla Town Council, said the change at the coastal spots is good news, but added some problem areas remain.

“We’re trying to find a solution for all of the areas that is both rodent- and seagull-proof, especially with summertime coming and the heat and the increased usage of those cans,” she said. “They (city) haven’t solved the entire problem. There are still lower-volume (trashcan) locations that have issues.”

Ashley added the town council is exploring ways to form a public-private partnership to address trash pickup at secondary coastal access spots.