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Los Angeles Apartment Buildings Escalate Recyling Impact

Recycling and reduction of waste are vital for a cleaner, greener and more sustainable city.

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Mayor Villaraigosa announced that as of December 2009, the Multi-Family Recycling program has mobilized an additional 1 million Angelenos to practice recycling by providing apartment buildings with five or more units recycling bins and routine pick up.

Los Angeles Multi-Family Recycling Progress Report

The LA Multi-family recycling program has registered 417,000 units. Participation is voluntary and currently at 77%. The City is working towards registering the remaining 140,000 units.

Not only is recycling important, but reduction of waste in the first place is important to a cleaner, greener and more sustainable city.

Zero Waste Goal for Los Angeles

"As part of our goal of reaching zero waste, the City of Los Angeles has worked hard to ensure that recycling is accessible to all its residents. Our stalwart commitment to recycling is one of the reasons why we'll be the cleanest, greenest big city in America," Mayor Villaraigosa said. "This change will start at the grassroots level, and I encourage all Angelenos make recycling a way of life. What we generate, and how we dispose of our trash, is a collective social responsibility. "

Los Angeles Leads American Cities in Landfill Diversion

Los Angeles recycles more than other big city in the country by diverting 65% of its trash away from landfills, amounting to 6.7 million tons a year.

Recycling Goal: 70% Diversion by 2013

The Mayor has directed the Bureau of Sanitation to increase the recycling rate to 70% by 2013, which is two years ahead of schedule.

Multi-Family Residential Recycling Program

After a successful pilot program, the Multi-Family Residential Recycling Program was formally launched in 2007. Since then, the program has recycled 21,000 tons of waste. The program is paid for by the Citywide Recycling Trust Fund.

Here are a list of other recycling programs spearheaded by the City and the Bureau of Sanitation:

  • The Bureau of Sanitation (BOS) currently provides residential collection services to 745,000 households via three collection routes weekly: one for recyclables (blue bin), another for yard waste (green bin), and a third for mixed solid waste (black bin).
  • With the Food Waste Recycling Program, the City has diverted 32,000 tons of food waste into composting.

    Currently, the City is collecting food waste from over 913 restaurants for composting and will expand to 2,000 in the next two years.

  • The City also provides free recycling services to 578 LAUSD elementary and middle schools in the Blue Bin Recycling Partnership with LAUSD. The program saves the school district over $1 million per year in waste hauling fees and teaches environmental stewardship.
  • The City is also developing an Action Plan for improving recycling by commercial facilities.
  • Each year, the Bureau of Sanitation collects over 500,000 tons of green waste. The green waste is shredded into mulch, which is ground up vegetative matter (yard trimmings, branches, Christmas Trees, etc.).
To sign up for the Multi-Family Recycling Program or other recycling programs, call 3-11.



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