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Spectrum News 1, Apr. 22, 2022
Composting law aims to tackle climate change by reducing food waste by 75%

Californians throw away nearly six million tons of food scraps each year, according to data from CalRecycle. A new state law that went into effect this year requires cities and counties to separate organic matter from other trash in hopes of reducing food waste in landfills.

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SFGovTV, Apr. 14, 2022
San Francisco Green City: Reducing Plastic

As San Francisco leads the nation as one of the greenest cities, we celebrate the efforts to reduce plastic through education, business, and government. Recology’s robust recycling facility, San Francisco’s ReThink Disposable program, and Dispatch Goods’ reusable container program for restaurants are examples of the environmental ethic that is instilled in San Francisco.

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WasteToday, Apr. 11, 2022
Recology says composting is carbon reduction measure

California company says collecting food scraps cuts CO2 emissions and adds carbon as a soil nutrient.

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LAist, Apr. 6, 2022
California Mandated Composting.

How Will It Work In LA And What Are We All Expected To Do?

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KQED, Mar. 3, 2022
California Pushes to Get More Green Waste into Composting Facilities, Not Landfills

California has set itself an ambitious goal – reduce the amount of food scraps and yard waste that go to landfills by 75 percent.

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CGTN, Feb. 2, 2022
California introduces law requiring residents to compost food scraps

The idea was inspired by San Francisco — the first major U.S. city to pioneer such a program more than two decades ago.

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KTVU, Jan. 2, 2022
California enacts statewide law to keep food scraps out of landfills

A new law in California will affect what you do in your kitchen.

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San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 1, 2022
California is about to witness its biggest change to trash since the ’80s

Hint: It’s all about composting 

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LA Times, Dec. 9, 2021
California goes to war with food waste. Composting is its next climate crusade

Trash never dies. Sometimes it’s not even trash.

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San Francisco Examiner, Nov. 30, 2021
Composting sequesters carbon and reduces emissions. Is it enough to fight climate change?

San Francisco celebrating the 25th year of its food scraps collection program.

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Economist, Nov. 23, 2021
How to Manage a Megacity

By 2050, 6 billion people could be living in cities. How should the challenges caused by rapid urbanization be handled in the world ahead?

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Rolling Stone, Oct. 15, 2021
SF’s ‘Zero Waste’ Goal Has Made it America’s Leading Recycling City

Few cities in the US, let alone the world, have the innovation legacy of San Francisco. Whether it’s the arts or cuisine, technology or public transit, what happens in the Bay Area often establishes a blueprint for cities elsewhere.

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Bloomberg, Oct. 14, 2021
The Quest to Make Composting as Simple as Trash Collection

Food waste accounts for 8% of greenhouse gas emissions. More U.S. cities are exploring door-to-door compost collection, but it’s not as easy it might seem.

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Business Insider, Sept. 22, 2021
How San Francisco composts 550 tons of waste every day

San Francisco recycles and composts more trash than it sends to the landfill.  That means San Francisco is saving water, space, and chemical fertilizers, and reducing destructive greenhouse gases.

So how does composting work where it is servicing a whole city? We went straight to San Francisco’s compost pile to find out if this model can reduce worldwide waste.

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KRCR TV, Sat., Aug. 14, 2021
Eureka trash collector’s quick action helps family escape house fire

They say people respond in one of three ways when confronted with a threat or emergency – fight, flight, or freeze. Matt Taylor, a Recology residential driver in Eureka, faced that challenge shortly before sunrise Tuesday morning – and took action.

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SquareCylinder.com, July 21, 2021
The Art of Recology @ Bedford Gallery

In this group survey of former Recology artists-in-residence, materiality dominates, which is not surprising given that the primary purpose of San Francisco’s waste management company’s residency program is for artists to engage with its endless supply of trash and recyclables. This show attempts to capture the wide range of works created in situ at San Francisco’s home to all things refuse—from hazardous waste to friendlier recyclables.

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SF Public Press, June 29, 2021
Recyclables have to be sorted nearly perfectly at Recology’s Pier 96 facility

In recent years, the mills and foundries that receive recyclables from Recology have stopped accepting material with more than one percent impurities, so the sorting facility at Pier 96 must work at a very high standard. On a tour of the sorting center, we learn what happens when things that don’t belong in the recycling end up there, and what to do about things that are difficult to recycle, like plastic bags.

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Biocycle Magazine, April 27, 2021
San Francisco Celebrates 25 Years Of Food Scraps Recycling

This year marks the 25th year that San Francisco residents and businesses can place their food scraps and yard trimmings in green bins at the curb for collection and composting. Recology, the city and county of San Franciso’s solid waste services provider, has worked with the San Francisco Department of Environment since the mid-1990s on the organics diversion program.

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BEYOND WASTE Success Stories

GOOGLE CAMPUS
City of Mountain View, CA

Google

Google employs over 20,000 employees at their Mountain View location. Their offices include large kitchens to accommodate meal prep for all employees.

Partnership 
Recology Mountain View’s Waste Zero Specialist worked with the sustainability team at Google to identify potential areas where the business could increase their recycling efforts. The goal was to increase compost and recycling participation in order to meet Google Green Initiatives and increase diversion.

Challenge
Google’s offices make up about 8% of all commercial business in the City of Mountain View – none of which had compost containers at the time.

BEYOND WASTE Solution
A waste audit revealed that most of their material was organic, and could be composted. Recology proposed introducing compost containers in all eating areas, outdoor event areas, and offices. We conducted educational opportunities for employees and kitchen staff, including presentations, signage, and Google Green staff training.

TODAY

Google now has more compost and recycling bins than they do trash bins – 31% of the materials generated today is compost, and 37% is recycling. Today, diversion is 68%, whereas in 2011 it was 37%.

Recology: A World Without Waste

WINDSOR HEIGHTS
SeaTac, WA

Windsor

Windsor Heights is a large multi-family property in SeaTac, Washington with a diverse population of residents.

Partnership
Recology CleanScapes worked together with the property management team at King County Housing Authority to ensure that residents had the proper containers to maximize diversion.  Our goal was to improve the percentage of waste diverted from the entire property.

Challenge
Upon working together, the property was using 10 garbage dumpsters, but just one recycling dumpster to serve the entire 324 unit site.

BEYOND WASTE Solution

  • The Zero Waste Team paired every garbage dumpster with a recycling dumpster to instill new behavior.
  • They also delivered recycling education flyers to each household that were translated based on the the language spoken in the household.
  • They provided educational opportunities for children in the neighborhood, including a visit to the Recology CleanScapes Material Recovery Facility and The Recology Store.

TODAY
Now, the property uses 9 garbage dumpsters and 11 recycling bins, which resulted in a 35% increase in waste diversion at the site. Because of these results, the property is interested in learning more about compost collection.

Recology: A World Without Waste

Government Partnership

PARTNERSHIPS HELP DRIVE DIVERSION

We’re always looking for like-minded municipalities to partner with. We serve cities and counties under franchise agreements and in open market areas, such as Portland. Every partnership is unique, as we tailor services depending on demographics and landscapes, working together to maximize resource recovery.

For many of our municipalities, we invest in infrastructure that supports material recovery operations. Oftentimes, implementing technology and infrastructure are how we help cities reach their long-term sustainability objectives. This means updating the facilities where we operate, and building new facilities as needed.

Want to learn more about bringing Recology to your area? Contact us.

South Bayside Waste Management Authority (SBWMA)
San Mateo County, CA

Since the start of service in 2011, our Recology San Mateo County Team performed over 4,800 waste audits. These outreach efforts helped achieve a 38.8% increase in recycling diversion and 34.9% increase in organics diversion. Most importantly, based upon the 2010 collected tonnage, Recology San Mateo County diverted 66,558 commercial tons from going to landfill.

The SBWMA includes the cities of Belmont, Burlingame, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Menlo Park, Redwood City, San Carlos, and San Mateo, the towns of Atherton and Hillsborough, County of San Mateo, North Fair Oaks, and West Bay Sanitary District.

Learn more about Recology San Mateo County.

Yuba-Sutter Regional Waste Management Authority
Yuba and Sutter County, CA

Recology and the six jurisdictions it serves in Yuba & Sutter Counties achieved a 70% diversion rate in 2013 for the fifth consecutive year.  Approximately 43% of the diverted material was organics, collected through Recology’s food scraps and yard trimmings collection program.

Learn more about Recology Yuba Sutter.