Frequently Asked Questions
Garbage Disposal Districts (GDDs) are designated geographic areas within unincorporated Los Angeles County where weekly collection of trash, recyclables, organic waste (green waste and food waste) and other services are provided to residents and businesses by a private waste hauling company contracted with Los Angeles County Public Works. Waste collection fees are paid through each parcel’s annual property tax bill and Public Works oversees the contract to ensure appropriate service is consistently provided at the approved rates.
Los Angeles County Public Works oversees all solid waste contracts and services for unincorporated Los Angeles County communities. In addition to contracting the private waste hauling company, Public Works ensures that all parcels receive a uniform level of service, consistent rates that cannot increase without County approval, and quality customer service. Public Works also helps coordinate and oversees additional services like illegal dumping and bulky item collection, annual clean up events, and compost and mulch giveaways provided to customers as part of their service.
Currently, North County residential customers who use wheeled plastic carts operate under an open market system. The open market system allows residents to choose any waste hauler willing to provide services at rates they choose, which may not be consistent from one customer to another for equivalent services. With this type of system, customers pay the waste hauler directly and there is no oversight by the County. Open market trash collection services do not include provisions to help address illegal dumping.
Commercial customers (which may include residential accounts) who use metal dumpsters, receive services through the County’s non-exclusive commercial franchise system where they can choose any County-approved waste hauler to pick-up their trash. Similar to the open market system, the waste haulers set the rates; however, there is County oversight.
GDDs ensure all occupied parcels receive consistent, high-quality waste collection services at the best rate possible. GDDs are awarded following a competitive bidding process where waste haulers submit bids to provide these services and the lowest priced bidder is selected. GDDs are also the best structure to combat illegal dumping by ensuring every property owner (including owners of vacant parcels) contributes to funding for programs to collect and prevent illegal dumping.
The County is working to issue requests for bids through the competitive bidding process that would provide an estimate of the new rates in each area. Public Works will inform the community once this information is available.
The County is preparing to issue requests for bids from waste haulers to determine the lowest possible waste collection rates for residents and businesses if GDDs are established. There will be two formal processes where the community will have an opportunity provide their input. The first is with the Los Angeles Formation Commission where registered voters in the affected areas can vote on whether or not to establish the GDDs. The second is the Proposition 218 process that includes a series of community meetings and a public hearing before the Board of Supervisors where members of the community can voice their support or concern with the proposed rates before they are voted on by the Board.
We estimate this process to take approximately three years. As such, the County will continue to provide newsletters and post updates at CleanLA.com/NewGDDs to keep the community informed.