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Los Angeles City Council overhauls trash pickup at apartments, businesses

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles City Council today approved a transformation in the way trash is picked up from businesses, apartments and condominiums, backing a franchise system aimed at bolstering recycling and slashing the number of trucks on city streets.

The revised system divides the city into 11 zones and limits the number of trash hauling companies permitted to operate within the city.

Because the vote was not unanimous — with Councilman Bernard Parks the lone dissenter in a 12-1 vote — the issue will return to the council April 8 for a final vote.

Backers of the program, slated to start in 2017, say it will increase recycling and help the city meet a goal of diverting 90 percent of trash away from landfills by 2025. They also contend it will result in fewer truck trips and improve worker safety.

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