City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Sanitation

Solid Waste Integrated Resource Plan (SWIRP)

The City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, Bureau of Sanitation, prepared a Solid Waste Integrated Resource Plan (SWIRP) to make Los Angeles a zero-waste city by the year 2030. The Solid Waste Integrated Resource Plan (SWIRP) will be the City’s 20-year master plan to achieve zero-waste. SWIRP continues to develop a six-year stakeholder-driven planning effort. SWIRP will detail the zero-waste infrastructure, programs, policies, regulations, incentive, technological innovation, and financial strategies necessary in order to eliminate landfills, develop alternative technologies, convert the City’s collection trucks to clean fuel vehicles, revitalize existing industries and attract new industries to become “green.”


DSO assisted the Bureau of Sanitation with a community education plan of SWIRP and the effort to make Los Angeles a zero-waste city.

As team member of community outreach, DSO provided the following services:

DSO—worked closely with community stakeholder to develop guiding principles and vision for SWIRP. The goal of the community work on this project was to reach out to the community in a meaningful way, educate and create a dialogue, and include all members of the community in the process to ensure a broad cross-section of perspectives in developing the guiding principles.

DSO—brought together the community with key constituents by holding meetings in communities around the city, and facilitating workshops and conferences in the different watersheds of the city.

DSO—concentrated efforts on facilitating house meetings and community workshops.  These meetings were geared toward educating community members about the project while providing community members with a forum to have questions, concerns, and safety issues addressed.  Additionally, the workshops were a venue to identify key constituents and community leaders who had not been previously identified.

DSO—one-on-one meetings were held with neighborhood council chambers, community organization leaders, and environmental activists, chambers of commerce, homeowner associations, and community leaders who had not been identified.

DSO—conducted oral translation at community PowerPoint presentations and meetings where the public requested Spanish translation.

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