The Los Angeles Board of Public Works approved a motion Monday to establish a Zero Food Waste Task Force that will seek to reduce food waste in the city and increase recycling.
The task force will be comprised of experts from the Bureau of Sanitation, the offices of the mayor and City Council members, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority and some community based organizations.
The goal of the task force will be to save more edible food in the city while expanding composing opportunities.
“As we work to make Los Angeles a more resilient and sustainable city, we must take advantage of every opportunity to maximize the way we use our resources,” said Commissioner Heather Marie Repenning, vice president of the board.
“This is the next frontier in recycling, both here and across the nation. Food is a recyclable resource that should not and need not be wasted.”
This task force will work in conjunction with the newly established Zero Waste LA franchise program, which was approved by the City Council in December and calls for seven companies to handle an estimated $3.5 billion in commercial waste hauling in Los Angeles.
Each of the companies will be assigned as the sole trash hauler for commercial sites and multi-family complexes in one or more of the city’s 11 zones.
–City News Service