San Francisco Passes A Tough Recycling Law

Throwing orange peels, coffee grounds and grease-stained pizza boxes in the trash will be against the law in San Francisco, and could even lead to a fine.

The Board of Supervisors voted 9-2 Tuesday to approve Mayor Gavin Newsom’s proposal for the mandatory composting and recycling law.

The legislation calls for every residence and business in the city to have three separate color-coded bins for waste: blue for recycling, green for compost and black for trash.

Failing to properly sort your refuse could result in a fine after several warnings

Fines for most residential customers are initially capped at $100. Businesses that don’t have proper bins face escalating fines up to $500.

Some residents are upset over the possibility of the Trash Police checking their garbage.

Cities from Pittsburgh to San Diego have mandatory recycling. None, however, requires all food waste to be composted. Seattle passed a law in 2003 requiring people to have a compost bin but, unlike San Francisco, it did not mandate that all food waste go in there.

Comments from residents:

I live in San Francisco–helllooo, Gavin and Board of Supervisors!! Listen up. Stop passing laws that tell me what to do! Instead, if you want me to stop smoking, do something about all the smelly, dirty people sleeping in doorways, on sidewalks, and in parks. Then I won’t have to use my ciggies to block their stench. If you want me to start using Muni, make it run on time, crack down on fare-jumpers, and stop letting homeless people use Muni as a hotel. If you want me to walk more, crack down on all the selfish dog owners who make it impossible to walk more than 10 feet without stepping in dog crap. If you want me to spend $$$ at locally-owned businesses, stop artificially jacking up prices through utopian surcharges and stop passing laws which make it impossible for small business owners to survive.

Why must we continually be told what it is that will make us a better place and yet no one inside our beautiful city seems to agree with the POS, oops, I mean the BOS. Why don’t we start enforcing rules that are on the books already? What happened to catching fare-jumpers on muni? What happened to catching the red light runners on 19th Ave? Well I guess enforcement of said laws would be another can of worms known as the complacent SFPD. The only thing they protect and serve are themselves.

All of these “crackdowns” are just smoke being blown up all of our butts. Clean up the streets and for chrissakes stay in the city for more than two or three days at a time Newsom


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