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After RecycLA Rate Increase Faces Criticism, LA Considers Payment Deferments, Waivers, and More

RecycLA

Implemented in 2017, RecycLA was introduced as a new program to manage waste and recycling services. Through a public-private partnership between the City and 7 service providers, RecycLA services 11 areas and 64,828 customers throughout Los Angeles.

Although RecycLA has helped steer the City into efficiently providing sustainable waste and sanitation services, it's recent rate increase has received significant criticism.

It's important to note that the RecycLA franchise system has already received strong pushback since 2017. In the franchise system, customers may not choose their service provider. Instead, they are forced to use the RecycLA service provider in the area they operate out of.

Under this monopoly system, RecycLA costs have skyrocketed. According to the California Apartment Association, RecycLA costs have increased as much 400% for some customers.

To make matters worse, the RecycLA program recently received a significant 6.15% rate increase. With customers pushing back and criticizing the rate increase, the City is now considering major changes that could benefit property owners and tenants during the pandemic.

City considers major RecycLA emergency ordinances

According to this motion, the City has recognized that many landlords and businesses have been struggling due to the pandemic, and are willing to work with RecycLA customers.

As such, the motion calls for the City to take the following actions:

  • Instruct the Bureau of Sanitation to report back on emergency ordinances in response to COVID-19, and with consideration of payment deferments, payment plans, and deferred increases.
  • Request the City Attorney to report back on possible options to defer or suspend the recent RecycLA 6.15% rate increase.

Additionally, the City is requesting a report on any revenue losses by RecycLA service providers to determine whether or not a rate increase is actually needed.

During a pandemic, where eviction moratoriums and safer-at-home orders have hampered landlords and their revenue, rate increases are the last thing businesses need. With many businesses hurting, the City should instead prioritize look at ways to support our economy. Businesses should be able to re-open and continue operation in an affordable manner.

In the future, we would appreciate conversations about re-examining the broader structure of RecycLA. As it stands, the monopoly system is not conducive to keeping costs competitive and to the maintain a high quality of service.

Regardless, we would like to thank Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell for willing to have this conversation with RecycLA customers. This is an important step to ensure businesses have the support they need to thrive and grow.

 

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