Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch Englander has filed a motion with the city attorney’s office asking to look for a way out of L.A.’s mandatory recycling program, called RecycLA, citing complaints from businesses and residents about soaring costs and poor service.
“RecycLA is failing to deliver the basic city service of reliable trash pickup,” Councilman Englander, who represents the San Fernando Valley, said Tuesday in a statement. “The waste haulers have had more than enough opportunity to work out the difficulties of the transition, yet our constituents remain overcharged and underserved.”
RecycLA was launched six months ago by the city Department of Sanitation in an effort to implement recycling services across Los Angeles. The responsibilities for pickups were given to seven service providers who received exclusive rights for waste management in one or more of eleven geographic zones.
In the time since, members of the city council have been “inundated” with complaints from businesses, property managers and residents who say they have been hit with exorbitant fees, missed pickups and inaccurate billing, Englander’s office said.
A representative from Bobrick Washrooms Inc. in North Hollywood attested to the problems, telling the Business Journal in January that the business’ new waste hauling costs were 50 percent higher than those handed down by its previous provider and that pickups had been inconsistent. Others have said their bills have more than doubled.
The motion set forth by Englander calls for the city attorney to report back to the council on what actions would be necessary to get out of the franchise agreements.