Frequently Asked Questions

What are GDDs?

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.

What is the County’s role for solid waste collection?

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, bulky item collection, annual clean up events, and compost and mulch giveaways provided to customers as part of their service.

What is the Current Trash Collection System in North County?

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.

What are the Benefits of GDDs?

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.

How much will the fees be?

Public Works will inform the community once this information is available.

What are the Next Steps?

Public Works is proposing the formation and operation of four new GDDs for the unincorporated County communities of Acton/Agua Dulce, Quartz Hill, eastern Antelope Valley, and western Antelope Valley. Forming and implementing GDDs will improve the quality of life for residents by ensuring each property has waste collection services including mandatory organic waste collection, bulky item collection, and provide dedicated funding to help combat illegal dumping.

Public Works is the lead agency for the formation of the four GDDs in the unincorporated areas of north Los Angeles County. In response to the comments Public Works received during public review of the California Environmental Quality Act documents that were posted in February and June 2022, Public Works is now preparing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). We anticipate having a draft EIR posted for public review in early 2023. During the public review period, Public Works will attend community meetings to answer questions and receive feedback from residents to help establish the new solid waste collection system that will address the unique needs of the residents of north Los Angeles County. Once the EIR is certified by the Board of Supervisors, Public Works will proceed with seeking bids from waste haulers. The Local Agency Formation Commission will tentatively host public hearings and protest hearings in early 2024 as required when forming new districts. Because this new waste collection service results in fees to property owners, protest hearings will be scheduled in spring 2024 to provide an opportunity for property owners to voice their support for or against the proposed fees. If no majority protests exist, Public Works will move forward with the election process in late 2024. We anticipate that service should begin in July 2025.

The County will continue to provide newsletters and post updates at CleanLA.com/NewGDDs to keep the community informed.

If your question was not answered, please submit your question at trash@pw.lacounty.gov.