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L.A. debates recycling policy

August 13, 2011 | 10:31 am

Los Angeles Recycling Center

The Times Home section this week offers a guide to recycling in Los Angeles.

Times Staff Writer Mary MacVean reports the  L.A. Bureau of Sanitation has been mandated by the state, and move toward Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's zero-waste goal:

Empty soda bottle? Blue bin. Small wood box? Black bin. Magazine? Blue again. It's become part of life for millions of L.A. residents to sort their trash based on what can be recycled and what can't. How much gets diverted from the landfill gives L.A. some bragging rights: It's at the top of the charts among major cities. More than 450 natural gas-powered trucks make a coordinated effort to divert about 65% of the city's trash from landfills.


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Photo: Los Angeles Recycling Center. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times