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Are Franchising Agreements the Future of Waste & Recycling in Urban Areas?

Are Franchising Agreements the Future of Waste & Recycling in Urban Areas?

All eyes are on New York and Los Angeles to see how franchising agreements affect waste and recycling collection.

Waste and recycling franchising has become a major topic of discussion in the two largest cities in the United States. Los Angeles is implementing a zone franchising system for businesses and large apartment buildings. Meanwhile, in New York City, an advocacy group has called for the city to adopt such a system.

The waste and recycling option of franchising allows a municipality to establish zones and then contract, typically exclusively, with a hauler within that zone. Proponents

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