San Francisco's Curbside Composting Program

San Francisco's Curbside Composting Program

Faith Durand
Feb 19, 2008

You know all the jokes about San Francisco being "crunchy" and full of hippies? Well, this tidbit won't help squelch those rumors; we have a curbside composting program as part of our movement to green the city. San Francisco has mandated that by 2010, 75 percent of its garbage must be recycled or composted.

To help things along, the City started a curbside composting program and gave every customer with trash collecting services a green bin for all food scraps and yard trimmings. The compost is taken to Jepson Prairie Organics, a compost facility that turns the table scraps of San Franciscans into rich, black compost that is then given to farmers and wine growers in Northern California.

I have a small green food scraps bin that I keep in the kitchen and whenever I'm chopping vegetables, trimming rinds off cheese, or scraping bits of food off plates. It's become almost second nature for me to have it at my feet when I am cooking. It doesn't smell bad at all; we don't ever notice it. We line it with BioBag biodegradable compost bin liners, and it all goes out with the regular trash and recycling once a week. What could be easier?

Americans have been getting more concerned about eating healthier and more responsibly; we've been moving towards buying local and organic foods. Let's complete the cycle by reducing our waste and giving it back to the Earth so it can bring life to new food.

This is by Kathryn, who is up for one of our new writer positions. Welcome Kathryn!

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