New rules for throwing out trash coming to WeHo

WEHOville examines the technology and the business of West Hollywood’s waste management, diversion and disposal in Part One of this special series.

West Hollywood’s garbage collection will be going greener starting next year.

In January, new statewide rules go into effect requiring cities to provide separate collection services for organic waste in order to keep it out of traditional landfills. Senate Bill 1383 aims to reduce the disposal of organic waste by 75 percent over the next three years.

Organic waste includes food such as fruits, vegetables, meat, seafood, bones and eggshells, as well as paper products like used pizza boxes, grass clippings, tree limbs and untreated, unpainted lumber.

West Hollywood residents and businesses will be required to separate their food waste from other trash and dispose of it in their green bins, alongside their yard waste.

City staff members are currently working on proposals to City Council regarding how the new rules will be implemented in WeHo.

The change will likely come with an increased price tag for many cities.

Athens Services is the vendor West Hollywood currently contracts to handle waste collection and recycling for the city for both residential and commercial services.

Founded in 1957, Athens provides services to more than 250,000 customers in over 50 communities. The company was the first in L.A. County to develop mixed-waste processing, providing sustainable, closed loop solutions to organics management by diverting green waste and food scraps from landfills to composting facilities. Athens utilizes a fleet of near-zero emission natural gas vehicles that are 90 percent cleaner than the Environmental Protection Agency’s strictest emissions standard.

“Most waste management companies pick up your trash and take it to a landfill because that’s how they make their money,” said Athens Vice President Gary Clifford. “They take their recycling to somebody who will recycle it and they take their grass to a landfill. Athens is different. We build processing plants. We bring all of our trash, all of our recycling, all of our green waste to a plant that actually processes it, because we’re what we call a ‘landfill avoidance company.’ We wake up every day and we try to figure out how to avoid landfills. Our model is to create jobs and an industry locally to try to remove everything we can before it goes to a landfill and that’s why our cities have higher diversion of waste from landfills. West Hollywood has one of the highest diversion rates in the region.”

This fall, Athens was given the Legacy of Hope Award by the St. Francis Center for its aid in expanding food rescue opportunities in the Los Angeles metro area.

Athens supported the collection and distribution of 82,000 pounds of edible food to people in need, as well as funded new refrigerators and stoves at St. Francis Center, which provides relief to the homeless and extremely low-income families.

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[…] we’ll have to start putting our food waste into the green trash bin. New laws set to take effect soon will greatly reduce what ends up in […]

Jake Lee
Jake Lee
10 days ago

Typical Liberal Mindset: Obsessing over separating food waste but offering no solutions to feces on public sidewalks from the transients. Good job guys!!!

#nomoreSHE
#nomoreSHE
12 days ago

Just use the garbage disposal. And flush the SHE down with all the wasted food. Shyne, Horvath and Erika Erickson definitely qualify as leftovers.

Rudi Logan
Rudi Logan
10 days ago
Reply to  #nomoreSHE

If you choose to air your political differences with John Erickson, feel free. But why the need to belittle him for his sexual orientation with the lazy slur? You’re as immature as Donald Trump and not as witty as you think.

voter
voter
13 days ago

Government overreach for a non-issue that will cost taxpayers money we can’t afford at this dire time.

If Athens can’t deliver the service at a reasonable price, let’s get another provider. I don’t want to fund their charitable activities.

No to No Bid Contracts
No to No Bid Contracts
13 days ago
Reply to  voter

It was a no bid contract which benefited someone. Duran it seems was the greatest advocate. Hmmmmm.

WehoFan
WehoFan
14 days ago

Joshua88 is excited about this program. He must work for city hall.

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
13 days ago
Reply to  WehoFan

In January, new statewide rules go into effect requiring cities to provide separate collection services for organic waste in order to keep it out of traditional landfills. Senate Bill 1383 aims to reduce the disposal of organic waste by 75 percent over the next three years.”

Do you even bother reading articles anymore? Or just use your free time to harass other commenters on this website?

WehoFan
WehoFan
13 days ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

Why do John Erickson’s friends insult people on wehoville?

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
12 days ago
Reply to  WehoFan

Why do you think anyone who disagrees with you is John Erickson?

Rudi Logan
Rudi Logan
10 days ago
Reply to  WehoFan

Probably for the same juvenile reason you belittle John Erickson with an insulting nickname. It’s the same thing.

#OMGnomoreSHE
#OMGnomoreSHE
13 days ago
Reply to  WehoFan

He’s joined at the hip with the SHE Shyne, Horvath and Erika Erickson’s.

Joshua88
Joshua88
14 days ago

This is awesome.
I had no idea re Athens. Really true – not just hype?

The food is going to stink, so they must figure out how to mitigate it – and insects.

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
14 days ago

I can’t believe people are complaining about putting food waste in a separate bin.

How lazy can you be?

WehoFan
WehoFan
13 days ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

John Erickson- No one is against separating food. But residents should not be penalized for taking out the trash wrong.

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
13 days ago
Reply to  WehoFan

John Erickson said that? Can you link a source?

It sure sounds like you’re complaining about putting food waste in a separate container. Also, the article specifically states this is a new STATE law. The city council had nothing to do with it.

Try again next time?

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
14 days ago

It’s really sad people are complaining about putting food waste in a separate bin.

How lazy are you?!

Joshua88
Joshua88
14 days ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

Amazing, isn’t it?

So some people have to work a little harder to save our planet.
What are they willing to sacrifice?
Sheesh!

WehoFan
WehoFan
12 days ago
Reply to  Joshua88

Resign.

jonathan sidy
jonathan sidy
14 days ago

2014 Athens was given a 15 year exclusive contract

https://wehoville.com/2014/11/04/weho-city-council-extends-athens-trash-contract-15-years/

Based on this contract there should be no additional expense to the city.

I agree with others we need to streamline pick up times and trucks and cans in the street and let the facilities better seperate as part of their original contract.

WehoFan
WehoFan
14 days ago

Criminals can do anything. Residents are penalized for taking out the trash wrong.

JF1
JF1
13 days ago
Reply to  WehoFan

LOL. So true.

TRASH ETIQUETTE
TRASH ETIQUETTE
14 days ago

Too many people are simply careless. Equally so, apartment managers are lax in instructing tenants to separate and break down boxes and trash etiquette. Our trash yard with four receptacles and one metal bin are so full in two days people pitch garbage over the gate. Horrendous! Athens, who receive ever increasing budget demands should clearly list the contents belonging in every bin. Make it a CAN’T MISS task.

Joshua88
Joshua88
14 days ago

Whenever I have a question, I send a tweet and someone over there is extremely responsive.

Websites instruct very well on what can and cannot be recycled. Not sure if posting it on the bin will make it any easier for somebody who is already ready to toss something in there.

Tom
Tom
14 days ago

Oh great, another bin to be screwed up. We get constant reminders from management in our building because chuckleheads keep throwing half-eaten McD’s, pizza boxes (sometimes with pizza in them) and bagged dog crap (not kidding) in the recycling bins. Now we’re going to require a third one?

Why not just sort it at the facility? I believe BH got rid of the recycling bins for apartment buildings (the communal ones in the alleys) for exactly that reason- people were just using them as extra trash bins.

Joshua88
Joshua88
14 days ago
Reply to  Tom

Not a third one. In with the yard waste – the green bin.
Apparently interpretation is not one of your strong suits. No wonder too many people use it as an extra trash bin.

Tom
Tom
9 days ago
Reply to  Joshua88

Well, Joshie, We actually do not have a green bin presently provided by Athens. But hey, just jump in there with the insults. Seems like your forté.

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