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Network, Learn, and Discuss E2's Issues with Other Members
| ||LA sends 3 million tons of waste to landfills annually.|
E2 Southern California, in alliance with the Los Angeles Leadership Council, is working to help Los Angeles become a zero waste city by 2030. Specifically, NRDC is part of the Don’t Waste LA coalition, a group of organizations working to establish standards in the commercial and multi-family waste and recycling industry. The City of Los Angeles sends approximately 3 million tons of trash per year to landfills. LA’s commercial and multi-family sectors are responsible for approximately 70% of the waste we send to landfills, thus these sectors are currently underperforming in terms of recycling. For example, the commercial sector only sends 19% of its waste to diversion facilities. Currently, the City has an open permit system with few standards for participants to meet. The Don’t Waste LA coalition is currently advocating for an exclusive franchise system. Under the current proposal endorsed by the Los Angeles Board of Public Works, the City would be divided into 11 wastesheds, and each wasteshed would have one hauler serve all commercial and multifamily properties. As part of that business, the hauler would be expected to meet rigorous standards, including achieving high rates of diversion of waste from landfills. An exclusive franchise system also allows for reducing unnecessary truck trips on streets, which then reduces traffic, noise, congestion, and pavement damage.
Members of both groups recently met with Councilmember Eric Garcetti to discuss the issue and heard from him that this will really come down to economics. In the next coming weeks, members will participate in a tour of a local landfill, meetings at City Hall with City Council members and testify for an exclusive franchise system.