Northeast San Fernando Valley City Councilman Howard Finn won council approval Wednesday for a study of his proposal to impose a fee on residents who send their trash to other neighborhoods.
Finn said the "not-in-my-backyard fee," as he called it, would compensate areas that serve as dumping grounds for the city's trash. Under his proposal, homeowners near landfills would be exempt from paying the unspecified fee.
"We not only pay the money. We get the trash," said Finn, whose district includes most of Los Angeles' garbage dumps.
Although council members Wednesday unanimously authorized its staff to study the issue, they have previously been reluctant to impose garbage or other politically sensitive fees.