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How do you throw away a cup of coffee in San Francisco?
2017/08/08 07:34
You take the lid off and put it in the recycle bin. The soiled cup goes in the compost bin.
2017/08/08 07:34
San Francisco turns food waste into nutrient-rich and profitable compost.
2017/08/08 07:34
By comparison, only three of Arizona’s 10 largest cities offer any sort of curbside compost collection, and those programs prohibit residential food waste in the bins.
2017/08/08 07:35
Eight years ago, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the Mandatory Recycling & Composting Ordinance. Among other things, it requires everyone, from residents to tourists, to separate their trash into one of three bins: recycling, landfill and compost.
2017/08/08 07:35
The law requiring food waste to be composted is part of San Francisco’s aggressive goal to hit zero waste by 2020. In other words, in less than three years, the city wants all of its waste to be recycled or composted, rather than sent to landfills.
2017/08/08 07:36
San Francisco residents pay less per month for their recycle and compost bins than they do for their landfill bins. It’s a financial incentive to encourage participation, Rodriguez said.
2017/08/08 07:37
The Ferry Building’s Big Belly trash cans are color-coded (black for landfill, blue for recycle and green for organics) and labeled in English, Chinese and Spanish. Large posters on the front show what can be thrown in each bin.
2017/08/08 07:38
Of that, about 650 tons per day is compost and 625 tons is recyclables, he said, making San Francisco one of the only cities in America where curbside composting has surpassed recycling.
2017/08/08 07:38
Making compost on an industrial scale is a Rube Goldberg machine of shredding, moisture monitoring and aeration. In San Francisco, it’s done at facilities outside the city limits. Before the process starts, the organic materials go through a series of screenings to weed out contaminants.
2017/08/08 07:39
Recology sells compost by the cubic yard and keeps the profits. Prices start at about $9 a yard, according to Reed.
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