West Hollywood’s garbage collection is getting greener.
New statewide rules require 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.
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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Typical Liberal Mindset: Obsessing over separating food waste but offering no solutions to feces on public sidewalks from the transients. Good job guys!!!
I should have read all of this before I had lunch.
Just use the garbage disposal. And flush the SHE down with all the wasted food. Shyne, Horvath and Erika Erickson definitely qualify as leftovers.
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.
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.
It was a no bid contract which benefited someone. Duran it seems was the greatest advocate. Hmmmmm.
You’re forgetting This is West Hollywood
Joshua88 is excited about this program. He must work for city hall.
“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?
Why do John Erickson’s friends insult people on wehoville?
Why do you think anyone who disagrees with you is John Erickson?
Probably for the same juvenile reason you belittle John Erickson with an insulting nickname. It’s the same thing.
He’s joined at the hip with the SHE Shyne, Horvath and Erika Erickson’s.
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.
I can’t believe people are complaining about putting food waste in a separate bin.
How lazy can you be?
John Erickson- No one is against separating food. But residents should not be penalized for taking out the trash wrong.
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?
It’s really sad people are complaining about putting food waste in a separate bin.
How lazy are you?!
Amazing, isn’t it?
So some people have to work a little harder to save our planet.
What are they willing to sacrifice?
2014 Athens was given a 15 year exclusive contract
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.
Criminals can do anything. Residents are penalized for taking out the trash wrong.
LOL. So true.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.