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Los Angeles Moves Forward with its Zero Waste Goal

The city has approved a new waste collection system, and it's swapping out diesel trucks for clean-fuel fleets.

To help the City of Los Angeles move forward with its goal of reaching zero waste by 2050, the Los Angeles Board of Public Works has approved a $3.5 billion waste hauling contract, which will include 11 franchise zones split amongst seven waste haulers. This contract is vastly different from the city’s current collection system, which includes approximately 144 private haulers that collect waste from multifamily and commercial sites.

In addition to the collection system switch, the city will swap out diesel trucks for clean-fuel fleets in an effort to reduce pollution.

Triple Pundit has more details:

The nation’s second most populous city, Los Angeles, has a lofty goal of achieving zero waste by 2050. The Los Angeles Board of Public Works brought the California city closer to its goal by approving a contract the end of September that will overhaul its waste collection.

The $3.5 billion waste hauling contract will split the city into 11 franchise zones served by seven waste haulers. Under the contract, the franchise holders are required to collectively reduce solid waste disposal by 1 million tons a year by 2025. The franchise rights last 10 years and will take effect in July 2017. The contracts also include over “$200 million in investment in recycling and materials handling infrastructure.” Other goals include the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and food waste.

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