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Where No City Has Gone Before Last month, the millionth ton of food scraps, coffee grounds and soiled paper from San Francisco’s mandatory composting program returned to residents' dinner tables in the form of fresh, organic foods grown by local farmers using the city's nutrient-rich compost as fertilizer. Coming on the heels of the city's 2009 municipal ordinance requiring city-wide... Read More
San Francisco celebrates composting achievements San Francisco diverts 78 percent of all waste generated in the city away from landfill disposal through source reduction, reuse, and recycling and composting programs. By working together, the City, Recology and the San Francisco Department of Environment have been able to provide some of the most innovative and... Read More
A food garden grows at the site of the future Muslim Community Center in North Portland On a recent Saturday, a vacant lot on North Vancouver Avenue between Killingsworth and Emerson streets is crowded with people. There’s a grill going and people load up their plates with food while others dig, carry topsoil and push heavy wheelbarrows. Read More
Mayor Ed Lee Celebrates City Composting Achievements Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced San Francisco reached a major environmental milestone last November having collected a million tons of compostable material through Recology’s green bin program, and today, the millionth ton returns to San Francisco to be applied as nutrient-rich compost to fertilize gardens and grow healthy,... Read More
The Urban Quest for "Zero Waste" Across the country, a handful of municipalities are radically reducing the amount of refuse they send to landfills, with the eventual goal of reaching "zero waste." Seattle recycles or composts more than half of what its residents toss out. San Francisco diverts 77% of its waste from landfills. Even... Read More
San Francisco's Utopic Dump: Visual Artists Remake City's Trash into Treasure In their book, Cradle to Cradle, authors William McDonough and Michael Braungart lament the one-way, cradle-to-grave model of our industrial system. The detritus in our landfills—upholstery, old furniture, computers, paper and food—is the end of the road for products made from material "that required effort and expense to extract and... Read More
What We Save Together In 2001 and 2002 San Francisco upgraded the city's curbside recycling program by giving people larger blue bins and by adding green bins for food scraps and plants. How much material has San Francisco recycled in 10 years through the curbside recycling and composting program provided by Recology? ... Read More
Recycling Supervisor's Idea Becomes Citywide Program for Social Good in S.F. David Nanney, a supervisor at Recycle Central, the recycling plant Recology operates in San Francisco to sort bottles, cans, and paper, noticed the occasional BART ticket moving across a set of screens inside the plant. BART riders often have multiple tickets with remaining value and some people toss them... Read More

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