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Changes coming to Los Angeles' trash collection system in 2017



Dramatic changes to the city's sanitation system will take effect in 2017, affecting landlords of apartment and commercial buildings.
Dramatic changes to the city's sanitation system will take effect in 2017, affecting landlords of apartment and commercial buildings.
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L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti signed a new city law Tuesday that will dramatically change the way garbage is collected from apartment buildings and businesses.

The current system allows landlords to contract directly with trash haulers. The new franchise system will divide the city into zones served exclusively by haulers approved by the city. It also requires the city to divert 90 percent of its trash to recycling by 2025. 

The mayor signed the ordinance on the steps of City Hall.

"By 2017 we'll have this in place," Garcetti said. "We're going to start putting out in the field right now the most progressive request for proposals, request for information from companies that are interested in becoming the franchisees."  

The Board of Public Works is expected to begin the contracting process in June.

The L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce and the Apartment Association of Greater L.A. opposed the proposal. They believe the franchise system will reduce competition.