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LA City Council approves big change to garbage collection (updated)

Everyday 12,000 tons of garbage from Los Angeles flow into the Puente Hills landfill.
Roberto (Bear) Guerra
Everyday 12,000 tons of garbage from Los Angeles flow into the Puente Hills landfill. The City of L.A.'s proposed plan for collecting trash from businesses and apartment buildings could spur more recycling and reduce the amount of garbage sent to the Puente Hills landfill.

The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to implement a new way of handling trash pick-ups at businesses, apartment and condominiums, according to CBSLA

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The City of Los Angeles is responsible for collecting trash from single-family homes. But currently, private haulers handle garbage collection at apartment buildings and businesses and are able to negotiate directly with landlords.

The new franchise system would divide the city into areas served by haulers selected by the city through a competitive bidding process. This would allow the city to mandate higher environmental standards for trucks and greater efforts to recycle.

"I'm proud to have been an early leader in the campaign to make Los Angeles the Zero Waste capital of the nation," Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement.  

"This is one of the most ambitious programs of its kind in the world and will provide clean air, good jobs, and recycling for all.  I've supported the Don't Waste L.A. campaign since 2010 and, as council president, formed an ad-hoc committee to address these issues."

The Don't Waste L.A. campaign was led by Greg Good.  He now works for the Garcetti Administration as the director of Infrastructure Services in the Mayor's Office. 

Pro-business groups and the Apartment Association of Greater L.A. have opposed the proposal since they believe the franchise system will reduce competition.

The new system is expected to take effect in 2017.