I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving day feast, whether you were here in the city or far away in a house full of friends and family. Since my refrigerator is now filled with Thanksgiving leftovers, I thought an article about leftovers would make the perfect weekend post.
For those of you that don’t know, San Francisco offers (er, mandates) curbside composting, recycling, and garbage pickup. Compost goes in the green bin, recycling goes in the blue bin, and garbage headed for the landfill goes in the sad black bin. The composting program in San Francisco recently celebrated an awesome milestone, having diverted one million tons of organic material:
San Francisco’s recycling company today celebrated a milestone in its composting program, having now collected one million tons of organic materials in the city.
Representatives from the company, Recology, joined city officials at Scoma’s Restaurant in Fisherman’s Wharf today to mark the achievement and discuss the benefits of composting.
Since Recology started its composting program in San Francisco in 1996, the city has increased the amount of food scraps and plant cuttings it composts to more than 600 tons per day, more than any other city in North America, company officials said.
San Francisco has a stated policy goal of reducing our waste to zero by 2020. While I doubt that will happen by 2020, I think the fact that we have moved so aggressively to reduce our environmental footprint is pretty awesome. In fact, the current issue of National Geographic has a great article about how cities may offer some of the solution to the environmental challenges we face.
Collectively, the residents of San Francisco are currently composting 600 tons of food scraps and plant cuttings every day. To put that number in perspective, the largest cruise ship in the world weighs in at… 600 tons! So if you think your refrigerator is filled with too much food… just imagine the largest cruise ship you can think of overflowing with leftovers and charting a course for the nearest composting farm.