By the numbers (I'm a numbers gal):
- 31% of what SF sends to the landfill is recyclable
- 36% of what SF sends to the landfill is compostable
- 72% of the city's waste is currently "diverted" (doesn't go to the landfill)
- 90% of the city's waste could be diverted, if we were better about composting and recycling
At home, it took a while before composting all the food scraps became second nature, and SF says the city will use multiple warnings (not fines) to help educate people about the new rules. What do you think? Good idea or too big brother?
- SF Gate has more details on the new legislation (and some concerns about it).
- sfenvironment.org describes the zero-waste goal and other city programs. Also lots of videos about SF's recycling and composting systems.
- Planet Green runs the numbers on how much impact recycling can have