Few industries have a greater impact on our communities, environment, and employees than the commercial waste and recycling industry. The current system servicing Long Beach residents and businesses operates with few basic standards, resulting in tons of recyclable materials and perfectly edible food being unnecessarily sent to landfills, and exposing workers to dangerous conditions. Additionally, inefficient routing in the current system exacerbates traffic congestion, air pollution, and wear and tear on our overburdened streets and alleyways.
Don’t Waste Long Beach is a coalition of community, environmental, health and labor organizations with a mission of establishing higher standards for Long Beach’s commercial and multi-family waste and recycling industry. The coalition is committed to a clean and thriving city with recycling, composting, and good green jobs for all. These standards will help ensure more recycling, clean air and streets, fairness for customers, and good green jobs for Long Beach residents.