Recycling Gets Easier
Updated: Nov 30, 2022
CD 13 Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell reports that more Angelenos — including Silver
Lakers — will have an easier time recycling food scraps as a result of a unanimous city
council vote led by O’Farrell last week. Based on State of California rules, cities are
required to recycle 90% of their organic waste by 2025, including food scraps like apples,
egg shells and chicken bones. When this waste ends up in landfills, it releases methane —
a huge contributor to climate change. L.A.’s test program lets residents recycle organic
waste, such as fruits and veggies, in green recycling bins, making disposal convenient and
hassle-free. By the end of the calendar year, 750,000 households will be enrolled.
Councilmember O’Farrell’s action asks the city attorney to write new rules that will
require all single-family homes, apartments and businesses to recycle their organics, and
bring the city into alignment with the state rules outlined in SB 1383.