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LA City Council to consider dramatic change to garbage collection



The City of L.A.'s proposed plan for collecting trash from businesses and apartment buildings could spur more recycling and reduce the amount of garbage sent to the Puente Hills landfill.
The City of L.A.'s proposed plan for collecting trash from businesses and apartment buildings could spur more recycling and reduce the amount of garbage sent to the Puente Hills landfill.
Roberto (Bear) Guerra

A plan to overhaul the way garbage is collected from Los Angeles apartment buildings and commercial businesses is expected to be approved Tuesday by the Los Angeles City Council. 
 
The City of Los Angeles is responsible for collecting trash from single-family homes. But private haulers handle garbage collection at apartment buildings and businesses. Under the current system, haulers are able to negotiate directly with landlords.

An ordinance being considered by the L.A. City Council would change that. The new system would divide the city into areas served by haulers selected by the city through a competitive bidding process. That would allow the city to mandate higher environmental standards for trucks and greater efforts to recycle.

Pro-business groups and the Apartment Association of Greater L.A. have opposed the proposal. They believe the franchise system will reduce competition.

If approved by the city council, the new system would go into effect in 2017. The proposal to create a trash franchise system was originally approved in November of 2012 and passed through committee a year ago.