RecycLA Rescues 6,000 Tons of Produce since Jan. 2018
June 10, 2020
Business, Government, Policy
In February, we learned that through the city’s RecycLA program, 6,000 tons of produce have been rescued since January 2018.
RecycLA is an Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation program. In 2017, the city launched this public-private partnership that, for the first time in the history of the city, offers customer-friendly and efficient waste and recycling services to all commercial and industrial businesses, institutions, and large multifamily buildings. It aims to achieve “zero waste” through pioneering waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and recovery programs.
This program covers an estimate 80,000 commercial and multi-unit buildings in the city. About four-fifths did not have regular access to recycling before the program started, according to WastedDive.
RecycLA collection is divided up into 11 zones among seven haulers. The initial contracts run for 10 years. Los Angeles has set a goal of 90% diversion by 2025, with penalties in place for not hitting reduction targets toward that end.
Assembly Bill 1826 requires local jurisdictions to implement an organic waste recycling program on and after January 1, 2016 to divert organic waste generated by businesses. Currently, the LASAN Residential Curbside Green Waste Program ONLY accepts fruits and vegetables from the garden in the green bin.
The law phases in the requirements on businesses, including “multi-family residential dwellings that consist of five or more units,” over time based on the amount and type of waste the business produces on a weekly basis. Full implementation took place in 2019. Additionally, the law contains a 2020 trigger that will increase the scope of affected businesses if waste reduction targets are not met. This fall, CalRecycle shall conduct its formal review of all jurisdictions.