The Los Angeles City Council has struck a deal with commercial trash haulers to eliminate some of the costly fees charged as part of RecycLA, Mayor Eric Garcetti’s recycling program for businesses, condominium complexes and larger apartment buildings.
Under a settlement backed by Garcetti and the council, seven refuse companies would be barred from charging customers an extra $10.67 every time a trash truck driver uses a key or remote control to open a locked garage door before emptying a blue recycling bin.
The haulers also would no longer be allowed to impose an extra $26.68 “distance” charge each time a driver pulls a blue recycling bin more than 100 feet to the curb. A distance fee of $37.36, charged when a blue bin is moved more than 200 feet, also would be prohibited under the deal.
The agreement only goes so far, however. Trash haulers will still be allowed to charge their extra fees — including the one for unlocking a locked gate — when emptying other types of garbage containers, such as the black bin that holds regular refuse.
The settlement ends a 15-month dispute between the Bureau of Sanitation and six trash haulers over the extra RecycLA fees, which, in many cases, added hundreds of additional dollars to the commercial garbage bills of infuriated customers.
To secure those concessions, city officials agreed to pay the haulers half the revenue they will lose by giving up those extra fees. During the first year of the agreement, the city’s bill is…