Who Left Behind More Trash: Occupy Los Angeles or the Rose Parade?
Photo of a trash heap on the Rose Parade route from a previous year by Karol Franks via the LAist Featured Photos pool
Pasadena's Department of Public Works just released its tally of just how much trash the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl left behind: 100 tons. Here's how it breaks down: 50 tons were left from the Rose Parade route and another 50 tons were left behind at the Rose Bowl, according to the Pasadena Star-News. About 35 tons of that was cardboard, and there were more than 135,000 beverage containers left behind at both events. No word on how many tons of tortillas and horse manure were left behind (we're guessing the white-suiters managed to scoop most of it up before the city officials).
In Los Angeles, city officials cleaned up 30 tons of waste at the Occupy Los Angeles encampment after they evicted protesters, who had been camped out for over two months. Protesters left behind garbage, too, but a lot of the trash was people's belongings: clothes, books, CDs, luggage, boom boxes, mattresses, furniture, cellphones and electric razors. There was a mural, too, which the city thought might be historical and important but then it changed its mind.
It's a tale of two trash heaps: one city blesses the waste so hungover, snowbound Middle America can tune in and be jealous that in a faraway land the sun is shining, roses are in bloom and bulldogs are surfing (or skateboarding or snowboarding) on a parade float in Southern California. The other city threatens to sue over the clean-up bill.