San Francisco, California

                                     What Worked?


  • San Francisco passed the nation’s first mandatory composting law in 2009: Mandatory Recycling and Composting Ordinance

Collection of Materials

  • Standard residential services include a 64-gallon blue recycling bin, a 32-gallon green composting bin, and 16-gallon black trash bin.

Method of Composting

  • All of the city’s yard waste and food scraps are brought to Jepson Prairie Organics in Vacaville, about 60 miles northeast of San Francisco.

What’s unique?

  • Businesses are charged according to the volume of waste they present.
  • They receive discounts for using the green and blue bins, and are penalized if recyclables or compostables end up in the trash.

Take Aways

  • Local policy works in regulating waste, specifially when it comes to having residents being more aware of diverting food scraps from recyclables to trash since there are financial repercussions.

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