In 2016, Los Angeles became the nation’s largest city to adopt a plan to move toward zero waste. Under the $3.5 billion Zero Waste L.A. Franchise System, which is the largest commercial franchise in the U.S., 11 commercial waste franchise zones will be served by seven contract haulers, each collecting solid waste from all commercial, industrial and multi-family customers in that zone, and submit monthly tonnage reports by waste stream.
The new system advances the pLAn’s goal of diverting 90 percent of waste from landfills by 2025, and becoming a zero waste city by 2035. Program goals include reducing landfill disposal by 1 million tons annually by 2025, setting transparent and predictable solid-waste and recycling service rates, investing more than $200 million in local waste-management and recycling infrastructure, and putting more clean-fuel solid waste collection trucks on L.A. streets. The ambitious plan has the backing of Don’t Waste L.A., a coalition of environmental, community, faith-based and workers’ rights groups dedicated to improving the commercial waste hauling system. The 10-year contracts start July 2017.