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City of LA’s Single-Use Plastics Reduction Efforts

LA Sanitation & Environment (LASAN) and the City of Los Angeles are committed to reducing plastic pollution in our communities. Source reduction or preventing waste from being generated in the first place is the most effective waste management strategy.

Visit to find out more about our plastics reduction programs and initiatives. Below is an overview of these programs.

The Reusable Foodware Microgrant Program provides financial and technical support to City of Los Angeles food service establishments to assist with the purchase of durable, washable, and reusable foodware for dine-in use. Funding is still available but is first come, first served. This program helps businesses save money and benefits the community and the environment.

Click here to apply!

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Understanding L.A.’s New Plastics Reduction Ordinances & How They May Affect You

The City of Los Angeles has taken significant steps to curb plastic pollution within the city through the recent implementation of various ordinances that aim to reduce single-use plastic consumption among Angelenos, foster a culture of sustainability and environmental responsibility among our residents and business, as well as contribute to a cleaner environment for all. Many single-use plastics are not recyclable or compostable in the city and are frequently littered in our communities.

Expanded Polystyrene (Styrofoam) Ban Ordinance 

Last December, the Los Angeles City Council adopted an ordinance, banning the sale and distribution of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) products (commonly known as Styrofoam™) in the City of Los Angeles. 

The ban on EPS products is in effect for large food or beverage facilities and retail establishments (with more than 26 employees) and will be in effect on April 23, 2024, for all other food or beverage facilities and retail establishments. 

There are many alternatives to EPS. Check out our EPS Product Alternatives Guide here to learn more. 

Single-Use Carryout Bag Ban Ordinance

The City of Los Angeles adopted its first single-use carryout bag ban in June 2013 for the following types of businesses:


Grocery stores

Drug stores 

Convenience food stores

Food marts


Other types of smaller food markets 

In 2022, The City of Los Angeles adopted a second single-use carryout bag ban which expanded to the following businesses: 

Apparel stores 

Hardware stores 

Food or beverage facilities 

Farmer’s markets 

Open-air markets

Recyclable paper bags for 10 cents and/or reusable bags are still allowed at all of these establishments. 

Disposable Foodware Accessories & Straws On Request Ordinances

As a reminder, food or beverage facilities in the City of Los Angeles are prohibited from providing disposable foodware accessories including disposable plastic drinking straws to customers except upon customer request. 

Reusable Foodware Microgrant Program – Apply now! 

We provide financial and technical assistance through our Reusable Foodware Microgrant Program to help food or beverage establishments with dine-in operations transition to reusable foodware. Funding is still available.

You Got Questions, We Got Answers!

More information about the ordinances and how to apply for the microgrant can be found at 

Please feel free to contact us by email at or by phone at 213-485-2260 if you have any questions or would like to receive an informational presentation at your next community or association meeting. 

Our 10-minute informational presentation will include an overview of all of the new waste reduction ordinances, how they may impact residents and businesses, and what you can do to help support a cleaner and greener Los Angeles. We ask that you provide us at least a 7-day notice in advance of your scheduled meeting.

We hope to hear from you soon! 

Solid Resources Citywide Recycling Division
LA Sanitation & Environment

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Caltrans’ Free Community Dump Day

Saturday, July 29, 2023
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. or until intake capacity is reached.

Harbor Gateway Park & Ride
731 W. 182nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90248

Caltrans will have staff on-site to accept household waste and approved debris at no charge.

The following items will NOT be accepted at this location:

Hazardous waste: Refrigerators, batteries, propane cylinders, oil or petroleum, contaminated products, vehicle filters, vehicles or vehicle engine parts, sand, liquid waste, salt/brine, detergents, used needles/sharps containers, medicine, bulbs, fluorescent lights, tires, tire carcasses, tire split rims, chemical containers, hazardous waste, paint containers, electronics, treated wood, contaminated dirt, sewage, asbestos.
Accepted: Furniture and bulky household items, clean dirt (must be in bags), glass, paper, cardboard, household solid waste, and mattresses.

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Notice of Preparation of a Program Environmental Impact Report and Notice of Public Scoping Meetings

PROJECT:  Comprehensive Plastics Reduction Program
LEAD AGENCY:  City of Los Angeles – Bureau of Sanitation
REVIEW PERIOD:  May 1, 2023 through May 30, 2023

The City of Los Angeles (City), as the Lead Agency, through its Bureau of Sanitation (LA Sanitation and Environment, LASAN), is preparing a Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for the proposed Comprehensive Plastics Reduction Program (Proposed Program), which is further described below. The City is requesting the identification of the scope and content of environmental issues and information that you or your organization believes should be considered in the PEIR.

PROJECT LOCATION: As shown in Figure 1 below, the Proposed Program would occur throughout the entirety of the City of Los Angeles.

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LASAN Launches OrganicsLA

Effective immediately, Los Angeles Sanitation and Environment (LASAN) customers should use their green bin to dispose of all food scraps and food-soiled paper, along with their existing yard waste. To help residents start collecting food scraps, the City is providing 2-gal kitchen pails. These pails are available for pick-up at participating distribution sites, one pail per household, while supplies last. Residents can start making appointments to pick up their pails through the LASAN’s scheduling system. For residents who require ADA accessibility, pails can be requested for delivery.

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