Southern California tops several lists for pollution and dirty streets. However, you might be surprised to see who’s stepping up to the plate and doing something about it.
The LA Conservation Corps, which is mainly composed of at-risk young adults and school-aged youth, is one of the organizations dedicated to cleaning up the city's streets. For many, it's their very first job - and it's not easy work.
Due to Mayor Eric Garcetti's Clean Streets Initiative, every inch of Los Angeles' 22,000 miles is looked at quarterly to see how clean they really are. Since the program began in 2015, the city says that things have been getting a lot better.
Despite the initative, the volunteers at the LA Conservation Corps are not waiting around waiting for someone else to do the dirty work, they're doing it themselves.
In the last fiscal year, they have cleaned up more than 33,000 city streets and alleyways and removed 6.1 million pounds of litter and debris.
“Like our supervisor says we work miracles, yeah, sometimes it’s a lot of work and then we get the job done. We got to do what we got to do at the end of the day,” said Francisco Alvarado, one of the crew members.