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Los Angeles Daily News “Report: L.A. County must expedite recycling to meet landfill reduction goals”


Los Angeles County sent more than 8.6 million tons of waste to landfills in 2012 and the flow of waste to area landfills could hit capacity by next year if nothing changes, officials said. This photo was taken at the Puente Hills Landfill in Industry, which has since closed. Photo by Robert Staley
Southland cities are scrambling to keep pace with California’s ever-tightening waste-diversion goals, and exclusive contracts with trash haulers can help speed the process, according to a report released Monday.

The study, “Cleaning Up Waste and Recycling Management and Securing the Benefits,” was compiled by the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy(LAANE) as a blueprint to show communities how to work toward the statewide goal of 75 percent landfilling reduction by 2020 and to better address changes related to the management of organic waste.

It costs hundreds of millions of dollars to operate Los Angeles County landfills, the report said, noting in 2012 the county sent more than 8.6 million tons of waste straight to landfills without separating items for recycling. At that rate, the county Department of Public Works estimates the flow of waste would reach capacity by 2016 if nothing changed.

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