Don’t Waste LA is a coalition of community, environmental, faith, and labor organizations working to make Los Angeles a zero waste city. We advocate for more environmentally-sustainable practices in the commercial waste and recycling industry while supporting the creation of good, green jobs.
Don’t Waste LA celebrated a major victory in December 2016 when the Los Angeles City Council finalized the adoption of the Zero Waste LA Franchise System, now known as RecycLA. RecycLA has made Los Angeles a national leader in modern and sustainable waste collection, and set the city on track to divert 90% of its waste from landfills by 2025. Among its achievements, RecycLA will result in one million tons of waste being diverted from landfills on an annual basis, significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and incentivize $200 million in new infrastructure investment. Also, RecycLA will rescue hundreds of tons of good food from grocery stores that would have otherwise been destined for a landfill. Additionally, every Los Angeles resident and business will have access to on-site recycling for the first time in the city’s history, as well as expanded compost collection and improved job quality for workers in the industry.