July 15, 2015, Written by Isabella Alvarez
A report conducted by the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) sought to understand the status of Los Angeles’ county landfill reduction and whether it was meeting its waste reduction goals. According to LAANE, Los Angeles diverts 60% of its waste from landfills. The California statewide goal is to divert 75% of landfill waste by 2020.
It was stated that in 2012, 8.6 million tons of waste went to Los Angeles County landfills without being sorted for recycling. If nothing changes, it is expected that landfills will reach capacity by 2016.