Loyola Marymount University (LMU) is among 17 businesses or nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles that have been recognized by the state Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP) for their waste reduction efforts this year.

City Bureau of Sanitation officials recently commended LMU and the other organizations for their achievement in reducing waste and assisting the city in reaching its goal of 70 percent waste diversion by 2013.

The WRAP program, administered by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, honored more than 100 California businesses and nonprofit organizations that have demonstrated ways to increase the diversion rate of solid waste to landfills.

Sanitation officials said the bureau’s citywide recycling division works with businesses in the city to increase recycling, reduce cost and help the environment by providing innovative programs, publications and recommending cost-effective ways to recycle.

The Bureau of Sanitation is responsible for three major program areas – wastewater to clean-water, solid resources and watershed protection.

For more information on business recycling or other Bureau of Sanitation recycling programs, www.lacitysan.org.