LA Sanitation & Environment (LASAN) provides solid resources collection services to 750,000 households, comprised of 530,000 single-family and 220,000 multi-family units (duplex to four-unit buildings). The four-bin collection system consists of blue bins (recyclables), green bins (tree and yard trimmings), black bins (residual waste) and brown bins (horse manure).
LASAN offers bulky item collection to 600,000 multi-family units. Using the calculation methodology adopted by the State of California, the City has achieved a landfill diversion rate of 76.4%. The City recognizes that waste management is a fundamental component of overall environmental sustainability and climate change efforts, and an integral part of the effort to reduce greenhouse gases.
The Zero Waste Progress Report 2013 conducted by the UCLA Engineering Extension’s Municipal Solid Waste Management Program reported that the City of Los Angeles has achieved a recycling rate of 76.4%. An additional survey conducted by the UCLA Engineering Extension reported that the City of Los Angeles has the highest recycling rate out of the 10 largest U.S. cities.
Local jurisdictions must implement organic waste recycling programs to divert organic waste generated by businesses.
The Los Angeles Regional Agency (LARA) is a consortium of 18 cities in LA County with the mission to promote environmental responsibility through the reduce, reuse and recycle philosophy.
To help reduce waste and pollution the City of Los Angeles banned plastic carryout bags at certain retailers in the City.
Business or public entities that are subscribing to waste collection services or are a multi-family residential property of five or more units are required to have a recycling program.
LASAN issues blue containers, or bins, for recycling paper, cardboard, cartons, aluminum, tin, metal, cans, glass bottles and jars, clear plastic, plastic containers, plastic bags and miscellaneous plastic.
LASAN issues green containers, or bins, for recycling yard trimmings, grass clippings, fruits, vegetables, leaves and branches.
LASAN manages several waste tire recycling programs that provide an environmentally preferable opportunity for the City to recycle used/waste tires.
LASAN collects large metal and household appliances such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, dishwashers, air conditioners, water heaters and heaters from residents serviced by LASAN.
The Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ) program combines recycling with economic development to fuel new businesses, expand existing ones, create jobs and divert waste from landfills.
LASAN offers a once-a-year collection for excess yard trimmings (brush) to all households serviced by LASAN, free of charge.
All mixed construction and demolition debris (C and D) material generated within City limits must be taken to City certified C and D waste processors.
The City of Los Angeles provides eligible multi-family residential buildings with FREE recycling services.