Waste & Landfills

L.A. becomes the first big city in the U.S. to achieve zero waste, and recycle and reuse most of its waste locally.

Progress on 2017 Outcomes

Designate a site and project parameters for an anaerobic digestion facility with at least 50 tons of capacity to process local organic waste
Implement a waste franchise system to increase commercial recycling rates, reduce pollution from heavy-duty waste-hauling vehicles, and enhance material recovery opportunities to reach an 80% diversion rate by 2020
Expand local organic waste-collection program

Where L.A. Is Leading

L.A. has the highest recycling rate of any big U.S. city.