On Thursday, November 1st, ILSR hosted a webinar featuring two cities – large and small – with very different residential food waste collection and composting programs: San Francisco and Falls Church, Va. View the recording here!
San Francisco (pop. 884,000) has one of the longest-standing programs in the country, with mandatory recycling citywide. Alexa Kielty will focus on the City’s efforts to increase participation in apartments and with non-English speaking communities.
Falls Church (pop. 14,000) is a much newer program that started in 2015 with residential food scraps at a local farmers market. Based on demand, the City opened a permanent drop-off site a year later, operated under contract with a veteran-run enterprise. In 2017, it was able to start curbside collection without increasing solid waste costs through an innovative arrangement with another local private composter. Chris McGough will share details on Falls Church’s new program and its innovative methods for keeping costs low.
These communities are only two of more than 320 that offer curbside collection of food scraps. To learn about other government-supported programs, see BioCycle’s Residential Food Waste Collection Access In The U.S.
This webinar is one in a series we offer to to share working models and tips for replication. View our webinar resources.
Watch the recording of the webinar to learn more!
Residential Zero Waste and Special Projects Assistant
Solid Waste & Recycling Coordinator
Composting for Community Initiative Director, ILSR