ANTONIO TO SPEED UP RECYCLE GOAL MAYOR PROMISES HE'LL CURB 70% OF CITY'S TRASH BY 2015.Byline: Kerry Cavanaugh Staff Writer
With the city committed to Sunshine Canyon Landfill for another five years, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Antonio Ramon Villaraigosa (born Antonio (Tony) Ramon Villar, Jr. on January 23, 1953) is the mayor of Los Angeles, California. He is the first Latino mayor of Los Angeles since Cristobal Aguilar in 1872. pledged Thursday to end dependence on dumps DUMPS
a lethal inherited disorder of Holstein cattle that causes infertility. The name is an acronym of Deficiency of Uridine MonoPhosphate S and set a goal of recycling 70 percent of the city's refuse by 2015 - five years earlier than the current goal.
The mayor vowed to achieve the goal by recycling and studying trash-to- energy technologies, and in a memo to the Bureau of Sanitation, said city staffers and all Angelenos need to feel a sense of urgency about reducing trash.
``I have heard from Angelenos time and again they want a sustainable city A more sustainable city, Ecopolis (city) or Eco-city, has fewer inputs (of energy, water, food etc) and fewer waste products (heat, air pollution, water pollution etc) than a less sustainable city. In this context, sustainability is a relative concept. , they want a greener city. They want us to be forward-thinking in our initiatives to clean up the environment. This is in keeping with that effort,'' Villaraigosa said.
He also directed the agency to convert the city's 535 trash trucks to low-polluting, liquefied natural gas liquefied natural gas: see under natural gas.
Liquefied natural gas (LNG)
A product of natural gas which consists primarily of methane. Its properties are those of liquid methane, slightly modified by minor constituents. .
By 2008, the city must cut a quarter of the trash going to Sunshine Canyon by recycling 1,000 tons of refuse each day. Sanitation Director Rita Robinson believes the city can divert 500 tons per day just by educating residents on what's recyclable.
``A lot of people are just confused and we understand that.''
Beginning immediately, residents can stick clean plastic bags and metal coat hangers hangers
used for hanging x-ray films to dry. There is a clip type, with a clip at each corner, and a channel type in which the film sits in channels in the sides of the frame. in their blue, curbside curb·side
1. The side of a pavement or street that is bordered by a curb.
2. A sidewalk.
Located, operating, or occurring at or along the sidewalk or curb: recycling bins.
Next month, Robinson said, her department will add stickers to the bins explaining what's recyclable and what's not.
Then the city will launch ``Recycling for Dollars,'' a contest that will award residents up to $1,000 for using their blue recycling bins correctly.
The department will also expand voluntary recycling pickup to apartment buildings across the city and offer recycling to small businesses.
Villaraigosa outlined his recycling timeline Thursday morning during a news conference at the city's downtown trash-transfer station as garbage trucks rumbled by on their way to dump at Sunshine Canyon in Granada Hills.
For the past two years, Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. leaders have debated whether they would renew the contract with Sunshine Canyon or send trash outside city limits.
The City Council finally voted last week to pay an extra $5 million per year to truck 600 tons of trash to landfills in the San Joaquin Valley Noun 1. San Joaquin Valley - a vast valley in central California known for its rich farmland
Calif., California, Golden State, CA - a state in the western United States on the Pacific; the 3rd largest state; known for earthquakes and Riverside County.
Villaraigosa called the decision a good balance between city budget constraints A Budget Constraint represents the combinations of goods and services that a consumer can purchase given current prices and his income. Consumer theory uses the concepts of a budget constraint and a preference ordering to analyze consumer choices. and community desires to get out of Sunshine Canyon.
``Yes, we could have eliminated all our trash from Sunshine, but that was impossible given there was a lack of vendors willing to step forward and allow us to do that,'' he said. ``So ... we're going to put together a comprehensive effort to divert our trash over time.''
Pleased with the promise of more recycling, longtime Sunshine Canyon opponents were still skeptical of the mayor's plan.
``I hope the mayor's doing everything we've asked him to,'' said North Valley Coalition activist Kim Thompson. ``I really hope it's aggressive enough.''
Previous attempts to increase recycling have been slow.
Former Mayor Richard Riordan Richard J. Riordan (born May 1, 1930) is a Republican politician from California, U.S. who served as the California Secretary of Education from 2003–2005 and as Mayor of Los Angeles from 1993–2001. Riordan ran for Governor of California unsuccessfully in 2002. ordered the Bureau of Sanitation to expand recycling pickup to apartment dwellers and businesses in 1999 after he approved an expansion of Sunshine Canyon Landfill.
It took the city more than six years to launch a pilot project to see whether recycling at apartment buildings could work.
This time, however, the mayor, City Council and Bureau of Sanitation are all committed and enthusiastic about recycling, said Councilman Greig Smith Greig Smith is a Los Angeles City Councilman, representing the 12th District, which includes Granada Hills, Northridge and other parts of the Western San Fernando Valley. Smith is also a reserve officer for the Los Angeles Police Department. .
Last year, Smith introduced RENEW LA, a 20-year plan to increase recycling and develop European-style trash-to-energy plants to handle the remaining waste.
The City Council and mayor endorsed his plan.
``Now we're getting action,'' Smith said Thursday. ``It's a monumental change in the way the city does business.''
Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746