The Calabasas City Council adopted a resolution on January 16, 2007
setting a new recycling goal of 75% by 2012, making Calabasas only
the second California city (after San Francisco) and the first city
in Southern California to set such an ambitious goal for
Based on a study conducted by Calabasas staff, nearly 80% trash
delivered to landfills in Southern California could have been
recycled through increasing waste prevention, recycling, and
composting that saves costs and conserves precious resources.
Calabasas currently recovers more than 55% of the materials it
discards. The new Council directive means that through collective
effort of all residents and businesses, the City will divert 5%
additional waste away from landfills to recycling facilities each
year to achieve the 75% diversion goal by 2012.
As part of the resolution, the City Council has directed staff to:
Enter into franchise agreements with haulers that can meet city’s
Prepare an ordinance to require contractors to recycle construction
and demolition debris; and
Prepare an ordinance to commercial and multi-family property owners
to upgrade their sub-standard trash enclosures that cannot
accommodate a recycling container.
City staff will provide outreach and technical assistance to the
public, businesses and schools, initiate innovative programs to
maximize waste prevention and recycling, and partner with
organizations with compatible goals.