Councilmember Smith's RENEW LA Plan
From the release:
SHERMAN OAKS, CA – Recognizing the potential of an environmentally enhanced and unchartered business segment that could put Los Angeles at the cutting edge of the global economy in terms of waste utilization, the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA) Board of Directors unanimously voted to support City Councilmember Greig Smith’s RENEW LA plan. The plan would establish and support regional conversion technology efforts for handling waste materials within the local communities in which they are generated instead of sending them to landfills in the City or in more distant locations.
Sufficient landfill space within the City of Los Angeles is becoming increasingly scarce; at present, there are only two landfills in operation: Sunshine Canyon and Bradley. Both of these have finite capacities and Bradley is closing in 2007.
"I'm extremely pleased that VICA supports my RENEW LA plan to create a new ‘green collar’ industry in Los Angeles using conversion technologies to convert trash into clean, renewable energy, alternative fuels and other useful products, while ending our dependency on landfills," said Councilman Smith. "I look forward to partnering with VICA and the entire business community to ensure that the goals of RENEW LA become reality."