By Emily Alpert Reyes
April 1, 2014, 12:15 p.m.
The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to overhaul the way garbage is collected from tens of thousands of businesses and apartment complexes in what supporters described as an ambitious bid to put Los Angeles at the forefront of reducing landfill waste nationwide.
“This is really about environmental justice,” said Councilman Jose Huizar, who backed the plan. “It’s about moving the city to get away from landfills, to show the world that the second largest city in the country is doing its best to recycle and to improve the air quality in our great city.”
The controversial plan pitted environmentalists and labor unions against business groups in a heated battle over an estimated $250-million market serving some 63,000 properties.