I’ve been trying to figure this out for a bit, and last weekend I cracked the case. Where do the logs and trees the tree trimmers cut down, and the stuff in the green waste recycling bins go? I tooled around Google Maps, searching for dumps and landfills, and found things like this that just didn’t seem to fit the bill. Finally I found this PDF file. It includes 20 pages, most with photos of everything that goes on, with figures on how much of each type of green waste is hauled in per day, and pictures of the each stage of the operations, including resawing and furniture building at the end. Most is turned into mulch for customers. I love the cleaning station, which is an elevated, metal mesh tunnel with a conveyor running through it. Workers stand on each side, plucking trash from the continuous influx, and dropping it through holes to huge dumpsters below them. The yard is surprisingly small, but then, I guess LA isn’t constantly felling trees.
-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator