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Los Angeles County Official Seeks Waste Conversion DevelopmentLos Angeles County Official Seeks Waste Conversion Development

Allan Gerlat

October 4, 2012

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Los Angeles County Official Seeks Waste Conversion Development

A Los Angeles County official is calling for increased efforts to develop waste conversion technologies for its 8 million tons of waste currently sent to landfills.

County Board Supervisor Don Knabe filed a motion calling county departments and sanitation districts to work with federal and state legislators to change and adopt laws and regulations to encourage the development of conversion technologies in the county.

In a news release Knabe gave the example that the county’s annual waste could produce more than half a billion gallons of renewable biofuels.

In his motion Knabe also recommended reaching out to state agencies and working with conversion technology companies.

“Conversion technologies are critical to ensuring the county’s ability to manage its waste in the future, thereby protecting public health and safety, and the environment,” Knabe said. “Yet many companies have decided not to pursue projects here due to uncertainty created by California’s outdated regulations.”

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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