In 2009, the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG) adopted a Solid Waste Policy to identify and implement pragmatic strategies that assist our region to plan for integrated, long-term, and reliable solid waste management needs. Since the adoption of the Solid Waste Policy, the SGVCOG supported continued efforts by local agencies to reduce and eliminate waste generation. In 2020, the SGVCOG adopted a Zero Waste Policy to provide a long-term guide for the agency’s commitment to eliminating waste and provide a framework for San Gabriel Valley cities and agencies.

The Solid Waste Policy was recently updated in 2021 to demonstrate the SGVCOG’s continuous commitment to secure resources and technical guidance if needed by local jurisdictions to efficiently reduce waste generation to meet State waste reduction goals. The State has set ambitious goals of 75 percent recycling, composting or source reduction of solid waste by 2020 as called for by AB 341 (Chesbro, Chapter 476, Statutes of 2011). In addition, SB 1383 (Lara, Chapter 395, Statutes of 2016) establishes targets to achieve a 50% reduction in the statewide disposal of organic waste from the 2014 level by 2020 and a 75% reduction by 2025. The bill also sets a target to reduce edible food disposal by at least 20% by 2025.

The SGVCOG continues to uphold the following principles when supporting waste reduction goals and policies:


  • Solutions should emphasize the protection and enhancement of public health and well-being, while conserving natural resources.

  • Solutions should be cost-effective while maximizing the availability of quality services for San Gabriel Valley residents.

  • Solutions should promote opportunities which view trash as a resource rather than discarded waste.

  • Solutions should emphasize a balanced approach to “reduce, reuse, and recycle” strategies.

  • Strategies should be developed to address the infrastructure needs that provide low-cost, low-impact services for San Gabriel Valley residents.

  • To the maximum extent possible, decision-making and regulatory authority should be maintained at the local level.

As a result, the SGVCOG advocates and supports programs and legislation that will:

  1. Encourage the diversification of solid waste management strategies, including conversion technology, that will create new markets and that are feasible given the landscape and conditions of the San Gabriel Valley;

  2. Support efforts to improve curbside recycling programs;

  3. Support reducing the amount of single-use plastic packaging and products that enter the waste stream;

  4. Encourage alternative renewable energy generation from organic waste, including biogas production;

  5. Place a heavier emphasis on implementation of waste diversion programs and less strict mathematical accounting;

  6. Promote shared responsibility waste management principles, such as product stewardship, throughout the entire life cycle of a product, from design to disposal;

  7. Advocate for state and federal appropriations and/or loan programs for solid waste management programs and initiatives;

  8. Support efforts to streamline and coordinate hazardous materials regulation among various levels of government;

  9. Support regional, state, and federal efforts to implement policies that promote zero waste objectives;

  10. Support regionwide, statewide, and nationwide efforts to address issues caused by electronic wastes;

  11. Provide a strong commitment to utilizing financial incentives rather than mandatory requirements;

  12. Ensure local jurisdictions are not subject to duplicative or contradictory legislative requirements;

  13. Promote public education of solid waste issues affecting the San Gabriel Valley; and

  14. Ensure that organic waste regulations prevent the spreading of diseases and contaminations.