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Los Angeles’ apartment buildings and businesses produce 2.45 million tons of a trash per year. Unlike single-family houses, which have their garbage handled by the city’s Bureau of Sanitation, residential and commercial pick-up is taken care of by more than 100 contractors in what is described as the “Wild West” of garbage.

We have a host of questions:

  • Are the current trash collectors properly registered with the city?
  • How much money is the city losing by not tracking the actual amount of garbage collected?
  • How are working conditions different between unionized and non-unionized companies?
  • Where does the trash go once it's picked up? What guarantee does the city have that the proper amount is being recycled and properly disposed of?
  • What are the environmental impacts of changing how garbage trucks roam the city streets?
 
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