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Message from the Director

Enrique Zaldivar - LASAN Director
I am pleased to introduce a new program that will revamp and improve trash and recycling collection throughout the City of Los Angeles. RecycLA is a new public private partnership that establishes an exclusive, zone-based franchise system that will offer regulated and customer friendly waste and recycling services to all commercial and industrial businesses, institutions, and large multifamily buildings.

When this new program launches in the summer of 2017, for the first time ever, recycling services will be provided to businesses and residents alike throughout the City of Los Angeles.

RecycLA will be transformative for residents, customers, and businesses who have long sought to participate in and have more access to the City’s sustainability efforts, and moves the City closer to achieving zero waste through innovative waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and recovery programs. Through coordination, collaboration, and communication, I am confident that we will meet the partnership’s goals:
  • Reduce city landfill disposal by 1,000,000 tons per year by 2025;
  • Set transparent and predictable waste and recycling service rates;
  • Offer accountability and quality customer services;
  • Enforce compliance with environmental mandates;
  • Reduce greenhouse gas and air pollution emissions; and
  • Decrease food waste and increase food rescue and donations.

In April 2014, the Mayor and City Council approved the ordinance establishing the new franchise system and delineated 11 zones. The franchisees for each of these specific areas were subsequently selected to partner with the City through an open and competitive bidding process that included extensive evaluation and negotiations over a two year period.

We at LA Sanitation will continue to provide solid waste and recycling services to single family homes and small multifamily residences, and specific waste streams such as construction and demolition, medical, hazardous, and radioactive waste will continue to be serviced by permitted private waste haulers.

Thanks to the vision and leadership of our Mayor and City Council, our collective pursuit of a better quality of life, economic prosperity, and public health for all Angelenos will be greatly enhanced by the RecycLA partnership and will continue to improve for years to come.

Stay tuned for the launch of this exciting new program in the summer of 2017. For more information, visit: www.lacitysan.org/recycla

Enrique C. Zaldivar, P.E.
LA Sanitation