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KQED’s California Report Covers Zero Waste LA!

L.A. Dumps Many Small-Time Haulers Under New Trash Plan

Reporter: Steven Cuevas

Full episode for Thu, Apr 17, 2014

If you live in a single-family home or any residence in L.A. with four units or less — and there are more than 700,000 of them — your trash is picked up by the city. That won’t change under the newly adopted Zero Waste Plan.

But things will change dramatically for the scores of private haulers who collect garbage from L.A. apartments, hospitals, restaurants and other businesses. Right now there are more than 100 firms licensed to collect what those Angelenos toss out.

“In my neighborhood you’ll see anywhere from seven to 10 trucks all driving around the neighborhood, different days and different times,” says Jackie Cornejo of West Hollywood.

Cornejo has been pushing for L.A. to reform its trash collection system for years as director of Don’t Waste L.A., an environmental advocacy group.