From lunch to landfill: What happens to your trash in Los Angeles (video)

From Lunch to Landfill

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Track your trash from start to finish around LA.

Sanitation officials in Los Angeles are working on plans to divert all of the city's waste away from landfills within two decades. That proposed zero-waste policy would rely, in part, on sending more materials to recycling centers. Assistant Director for Sanitation Alex Helou says LA is already diverting more than 65 percent of its waste away from landfills.

"We've been doing a great job as a big city. We went beyond other cities. We recycle plastic bags when it was not popular, in 2006-2007. We recycle styrofoam when it's still not popular. We've done all these things," Helou said.

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