Jump to navigation. Citywide collection of food scraps and yard trimmings for composting to advance zero-waste goals. In , organic materials made up the largest component of municipal solid waste generated in the United States, with food and yard waste accounting for about 28 percent. Composting provides a wide range of economic and environmental benefits, including improved soil health, nutrient recycling, drought mitigation, carbon sequestration, and green jobs.
Zero Waste Case Study: San Jose
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Recology, Inc. Paul Guisti pguisti recology. The city's comprehensive Environment Code , created in , is based on the Precautionary Principle. The city's Mandatory Recycling and Composting Ordinance , passed in , requires all of San Francisco to separate recyclable materials, compostable materials and landfilled trash. San Francisco implemented an innovative " Fantastic Three " three stream citywide residential and commercial curbside collection program that includes separate collection of commingled recyclables; compostable materials, including all food scraps, food-soiled paper and yard trimmings; and any remaining trash in three separate bins with various size and rate options. The city implemented the first and largest urban food scraps composting collection program in the U. San Francisco has collected more than two million tons of food scraps, yard trimmings, and other compostable materials and turned it into compost that is used by local farmers and wineries in Napa and Sonoma counties.
San Francisco’s Zero Waste 2020 target
Waste policy is increasingly moving on from the 'prevention of waste' to a 'sustainable materials policy' focused agenda recognising individual wastes as a resource. These case studies were chosen as an opportunity to investigate the variety of leading approaches, governance structures, and enhanced waste policy outcomes, emerging globally. This paper concludes that the current transitional state of waste management across the world, is only in the first leg of the journey towards Circular Economy closed loop production models of waste as a resource material.
The Zero Waste Program is a policy initiative to reduce waste and increase access to recycling and composting. Instead of waste being sent to landfill or incineration, products are designed and used according to the principle of highest and best use, and the waste reduction hierarchy: prevent waste - reduce and reuse, recycle, and compost in that order. By becoming a zero waste city, San Francisco aims to achieve three goals: conserve valuable resources, reduce environmental impacts — such as climate change resulting from methane emitted by landfill — and help create green jobs. When the Altamont landfill closure was approaching, San Francisco seized the opportunity to take an alternative sustainable path, underlined by a thorough cost-benefit analysis, taking into account the co-benefits of the 3R approach reuse-reduce-recycle and the true costs of landfill and incineration. Additionally, clear communication with citizens xiii made the programme understandable and easy to participate in, ensuring continuously improving results.