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Earth Day in Los Angeles

Los Angeles put new measures into effect today to make the city a little greener.

Earth Day started a day early this year with an expo held outside of City Hall Thursday by the Bureau of Sanitation to teach the public how to recycle.

“LA is number one for recycling and for all the environmental programs,” Jackie Davd with Bureau of Sanitations said. “We broke ground on a new safe center to recycle paint, motor oil and pesticides.”

Los Angeles recycles about 65 percent of its trash. The department of Sanitation has a new zero waste initiative. The goal is to recycle 100 percent of the city’s trash.

The city is reaching out to LAUSD schools to work with kids to educate them and set up recycling and environmental programs.

“We see this as a way of educating the next generation of Angelinos on how the city will run itself in the future,” Steve Casare with the Bureau of Sanitation said. 

The Mayor was at City Hall to announce another Earth Day initiative called Charge Up LA, which will be providing rebates of up to $2,000 to people who buy electric cars.

“Being the car capital of the world gives us a unique opportunity,” Mayor Antonio Villariagosa said. “It’s a chance to stand at the forefront of the electric vehicle revolution.”

The rebates will help pay for the home chargers and installation costs. The incentive is intended to encourage more Angelinos to buy electric cars.

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