LA Times: “L.A. opens bidding for firms to serve new trash collection zones”

By Soumya Karlamangla

The city of Los Angeles began implementing an overhaul of its trash collection system Wednesday, aimed at reducing landfill waste and pollution.

In April, the City Council approved sweeping changes to the trash pickup system for the city’s large apartment and commercial buildings — a total of 63,000 properties that are responsible for about 70% of the city’s landfill waste.

Instead of the current system, in which landlords each choose a company to pick up their trash, the new plan approved earlier this year divides the city into 11 regions and makes contractors bid to gain exclusive rights.

On Wednesday, the city’s Board of Public Works authorized the Bureau of Sanitation to begin soliciting proposals from companies for those contracts. The city expects to put the new system into effect by early 2017.

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