About the Roadmap
Approximately, 2.8 million tons of trash is generated annually in the unincorporated communities of the County, about 70 percent of which is diverted from disposal through a number of existing waste reduction, reuse, and recycling programs. Despite exceeding the mandated diversion rate, landfill space in Los Angeles County continues to decrease requiring the need for alternatives to landfilling.
To address these concerns, Los Angeles County Department of Public Works collaborated with other County Departments, Board Offices, the Chief Executive Office, and Special Districts to develop the Roadmap to a Sustainable Waste Management Future. The Roadmap, which was adopted by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, established the following intermediate and long-term disposal reduction targets:
- 80 percent diversion from landfills by 2025
- 90 percent diversion from landfills by 2035
- 95+ percent diversion from landfills by 2045
The Roadmap, a comprehensive plan for a waste free future, is a proactive approach to developing innovative policies for managing waste that further reduces the County's reliance on landfills. It is organized into three focus areas, County Unincorporated Communities, Regional/Countywide, and County Operations. Outreach and Education is also a vital component of the Roadmap. Each focus area includes strategies and initiatives to reduce waste and divert material from landfills. The four strategies of the Roadmap are:
- Programs and Services
- Measuring Results
- Facilities and Infrastructure
- Outreach and Education
Within each strategy, several initiatives are identified that will build on the success of existing and proposed programs and services, integrate both evaluation and continuous improvement mechanisms, support the development of necessary facilities and infrastructure, and provide effective public outreach and education. There are over 100 initiatives in the Roadmap, which include plans to recover organics, including food waste, to their highest and best uses; advocate for extended producer responsibility; evaluate county purchasing practices; develop conversion technologies and integrated materials recovery, and much more.
With the Roadmap in place, the County now has an organized strategic plan to protect the environment, enhance the quality of life in the County of Los Angeles, and provide an effective and efficient mechanism to implement new programs and enhance existing programs.