Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed into law Tuesday an overhaul of the city’s trash collection program for businesses and large apartment buildings. Advocates say it will keep some garbage out of landfills by increasing recycling, create jobs and reduce truck traffic.
Just before signing the Zero Waste L.A. ordinance, Garcetti called the plan “groundbreaking” and said it fit with his back-to-basics agenda.
“There’s nothing more basic in the city than trash collection,” he said.
Garcetti said that 70% of the city waste sent to landfills comes from commercial and large apartment buildings. The recycling rate for those properties is 19%, compared to 75% for residential properties, he said.
“This is one major step in the right direction,” said Jackie Cornejo, project director for the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy. Cornejo said her organization, which was a driving force behind approval of the law, estimates that it will create 20,000 jobs in the next 10 years.