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Committee: LA trash pickup should be exclusive franchise

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Fewer private trash haulers would be allowed to pick up garbage from Los Angeles' multifamily and commercial properties under a proposal unanimously approved today.

Fewer private companies would be allowed to pick up garbage from Los Angeles' commercial and multifamily properties under an exclusive franchise deal unanimously approved today by two Los Angeles City Council committees.

The vote from the Energy and Environment Committee and Ad Hoc Committee on Waste Reduction and Recycling is a win for the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, which has spent two years lobbying to move the city's waste hauling toward an exclusive franchise system. Under a proposal from the Bureau of Sanitation, the city's six trash zones would be divided into 11 collection areas. The city government would then be in charge of setting rates and handing out franchise agreements to a limited number of garbage companies.

"There’s no legitimate means for accountability in this (current) system," said Maria Elena Durazo, head of the county Federation of Labor. "The Latino immigrant workers, the African-American workers, men and women who are most of the workforce deserve better."