City of Los Angeles Harbor Department Zero-Waste Program

Path Toward Zero Waste

The Port of Los Angeles is committed to achieving zero waste within its facilities and property boundaries.
In accordance with the City of Los Angeles’ 2019 Green New Deal and the Mayor’s Executive Directive No. 25 (L.A.’s Green New Deal - Leading by Example), the Port has drafted a 2024 Zero Waste Plan (ZWP) (working draft) that assesses the Port’s waste system and details its future goals in reaching zero-waste targets. Zero-waste targets include increasing the landfill diversion rate to: 
  • 90% by 2025
  • 95% by 2035
  • 100% by 2050

The Port intends to achieve zero-waste by reducing waste generation, expanding existing recycling programs, conducting tenant outreach, updating permitting language, developing new organics and industrial recycling programs, and adopting zero-waste policies through the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners. Through the adoption of the 2024 ZWP, the Port plans to implement provisions pursuant to Ordinance 187718, Zero Waste at City Facilities and Events on City Property. Information on Ordinance 187718 can be found in the 2024 ZWP and on the City of Los Angeles Sanitation website.
Through this program, the Port will rethink the waste hierarchy, change the way it does business, and inspire proactive participation by staff, colleagues, tenants, and customers.