The Zero Waste Plan started out as the Roadmap to a Sustainable Waste Management Future, the initial waste management planning document adopted by the Board of Supervisors in October of 2014. Since 2014, significant developments impacting waste management such as restrictions on the exporting of recyclables and organic waste diversion mandates, among others, required updating this planning document, which is now referred to as the Zero Waste Plan.
Managing solid waste in a sustainable manner is essential to protect public health, save natural resources and combat climate change. There is limited capacity in landfills for disposal, so it is crucial that we reduce the amount of waste we generate, and reuse and recover materials and products to the maximum extent possible.
The Zero Waste Plan is the Los Angeles County waste management planning document that lays out the general framework for programs and policies the County can implement to reduce reliance on limited landfill space for disposal, maximize the reuse of natural resources, and recover materials to beneficial uses. The Zero Waste Plan promotes a sustainable waste management system focused on a circular economy.
The Zero Waste Plan is also intended to be a resource for residents, businesses, public agencies, the waste industry, environmental organizations, and other interested stakeholders who want to help achieve a more sustainable waste management and community.