City sanitation officals to unveil zero waste plan

Two years of planning about ways to cut the amount of garbage Los Angeles throws away wrap up this weekend. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports that city sanitation officials will unveil a zero waste plan at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

Molly Peterson: Public works and sanitation officials have been re-thinking how Angelinos make products, use stuff, and recycle it – or throw it away. Planners have fielded comments from thousands of people at neighborhood meetings in recent years.

All this groundwork is supposed to lead to a 20-year plan for the way the city of Los Angeles manages its waste. A key goal of the plan is to divert 70 percent of waste from landfills, for recycling, composting, or reuse within six years.

Last January, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said that within 21 years he’d like to see the city divert all its waste from landfills. City officials hope these plans could deliver financial benefits, too. After it hears feedback on the plan this weekend, the Department of Public Works will finalize it later this year.