San Francisco Toughens Recycling Laws, Creates iPhone App

Date: 24 Jun 2009 | posted in: waste - recycling, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

San Francisco recently accepted more responsibility for its waste by increasing recycling requirements.

The Board of Supervisors passed new recycling and mandatory composting rules on Tuesday in a 9-to-2 vote. The city already diverts 72 percent of the 2.1 million tons of waste its residents produce each year away from landfills and into recycling and composting programs. The new ordinance will help the city toward its goal of sending zero waste to landfills by 2020, said Jared Blumenfeld, director of the city’s Department of the Environment.

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Guidelines for Sustainable Bioplastics

The SBC’s Guidelines for Sustainable Bioplastics proposes goals and a roadmap for improving the sustainability of bioplastics – defined for this document as plastics in which 100% of the carbon is derived from renewable agricultural and forestry resources. While these Guidelines focus on biobased plastic replacements for fossil-fuel-based plastics, many of the principles apply to other … Read More

Stop Trashing the Climate

Date: 5 Jun 2008 | posted in: Composting, waste - anti-incineration, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Released to coincide with the UN’s World Environment Day on June 5th, 2008, this report documents the link between climate change and unsustainable patterns of consumption and wasting. The study dispels myths about the climate benefits of landfill gas recovery and waste incineration, outlines policies needed to effect change, and offers a roadmap to significantly reduce … Read More

Weaving Textile Reuse into Waste Reduction

Date: 1 Jan 1997 | posted in: Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

By documenting 10 programs that collect discarded textiles from households, this reports shows how to integrate textiles into existing recycling programs. Key tips for replication (such as partnering with local charities) are highlighted. Appendices provide sample outreach materials and list companies accepting municipal textiles. by Brenda Platt ISBN 0-917582-93-4, LC 97-3520 Download PDF (17.7 MB)

In-Depth Studies of Recycling and Composting Programs: Designs, Costs, Results, Volumes I, II, and III

This three-volume study is one of the most comprehensive compilations on community recycling programs. It details aspects of 30 U.S. community recycling programs, each selected for its geographic and demographic representation, high recovery rates, and/or notable innovations. Each volume includes model initiatives for source reduction, construction and demolition debris recovery, food waste recovery, and salvage/reuse operations. … Read More

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