The city of Los Angeles established a new program Monday intended to expand its recycling services and reduce its 3 million tons of annual waste production.
"RecycLA" is a waste and recycling collection program for commercial, industrial and large multifamily properties in the city. The city estimates that previously only one-fifth of commercial and multifamily buildings had access to recycling services, according to NBC4 media partner KPCC.
RecycLA establishes 11 zones for waste collection, each of which will be served by a single trash hauler. Los Angeles City Council and Mayor Eric Garcetti approved the ordinance allowing this new franchise system in 2014.
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The program is intended to align with Garcetti's "Sustainable City pLAn," which aims for landfill diversion of 90 percent by 2025, according to a city staff report. Other goals of the program include compliance with state requirements for landfill reduction and the improvement of health and safety for solid waste workers in the city.