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Villaraigosa says city getting more green with new high in trash recycling

December 9, 2009 |  3:16 pm
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced today that the city has hit a new threshold for recycling, with owners and renters at more than 400,000 apartment buildings obtaining blue recycling bins in the last two years.

That adds up to more than 1 million renters who now have access to the bins, according to estimates provided by city officials.

Appearing in Echo Park with City Council President Eric Garcetti, Villaraigosa described the expansion of the apartment recycling program as one of the city’s major environmental accomplishments. Until 2007, recycling bins were provided only to single-family homes and apartments with four units or fewer in most parts of the city.

“We’ve got a story to tell” about the city’s green initiatives, Villaraigosa said. “And one of those stories is recycling.”

Recycling bins have still not been requested at the city’s remaining 123,000 apartment buildings, mayoral aides said. Renters who want the blue bins can request them by dialing 311. The bins take not just paper, plastic, cardboard and aluminum, but also plastic foam and wire hangers.

The city currently diverts 65% of its waste away from landfills. Villaraigosa has established a goal of 70% by 2013, the year he leaves office.

-- David Zahniser at L.A. City Hall