San Francisco’s new mandatory composting ordinance

October 21, 2009 at 9:40 AM Leave a comment

Know Your Bins

Know Your Bins

San Francisco will be implementing a mandatory composting program in mid-October.  This program will require all residential and commercial buildings to separate organic materials from non organic and dispose of them in a green bin for pickup and removal.  The purpose of the program is to work toward the goal of diverting 75% of San Francisco’s waste from landfill by 2010, and 100% by 2020.  These are important and difficult goals, and are in line with California’s Global Warming Solutions Act, requiring California to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 (AB32).  Landfills are a large source of methane gas (a potent green house gas) and other pollutants.  Turning our organic waste stream into compost puts waste back into useful circulation, much as nature does in non-industrialized environments.  This soil-enriching compost can be used for agricultural purposes, returning nutrients to the soil.

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