San Francisco Waste Management

1429 WordsJun 18, 20186 Pages
San Francisco, California: A Model City for Waste Management The US is the number one producer of garbage all over the world, consuming 30% of the planet’s resources and producing 30% of all its wastes. The number is surprising considering that the US is home to just 4% of the global population. As the world modernizes and the population grows, producing more waste, waste management programs need to improve. Many are pointing to San Francisco because the city achieved an 80% landfill diversion rate, the highest in the nation. Furthermore, the city has set a goal of zero waste by 2020, meaning that no material goes to landfill or high-temperature destruction. Although specific programs many not be suitable or appropriate to imitate in…show more content…
To enforce the new composting program, fines of up to $1,000 are placed on those unwilling to separate their food leftovers from other recyclables. As a result of this law, nearly 600 tons of food scraps and yard trimmings are sent to compost facilities, turned into compost and sold to farms and vineyards. According to San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, due to the composting law, the city of San Francisco actually diverted 80 percent of its waste from landfills, significantly above the Federal Waste Diversion and Recycling Requirements of 50% by 2015. In addition, there is another recycling law unique to San Franciso, called the“Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance”. Ordinance 81-07-106883 was passed in 2007 and amended to include all retail stores and food establishments in2012. The “Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance” states, “All Stores shall provide only the following as checkout bags to customers; recyclable paper bags, and/or compostable plastic bags, and/or reusable bags.” The new “Checkout Bag Ordinance, #33-12” stops stores from providing unrecyclable plastic checkout bags to customers. Stores that provide a customer with an allowed checkout bag must charge at least ten cents ($0.10) per bag. Stores will only be allowed to provide to customers checkout bags that are certified compostable plastic or paper that has 40% post-consumer recycled content. Specific labeling and

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