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“Outstanding service. They were extremely careful delivering the extra large container into our driveway.” -- A. L. GARNER
To encourage behavior change, San Francisco initially set trash collection rates much higher than recycling and composting rates. While rates are more comparable now, residential bin sizes provide a behavioral nudge. Standard residential services include a 64-gallon blue recycling bin, a 32-gallon green composting bin, and 16-gallon black trash bin. Businesses are also charged according to the volume of waste they present. They receive discounts for using the green and blue bins, and are penalized if recyclables or compostables end up in the trash. Another key to San Francisco’s success is its exclusive partnership with waste management company Recology. Raphael said that working with one company eases the administrative burden and makes it possible to collaborate on long-term goals. New York, by comparison, has a private system for commercial waste, comprised of hundreds of competing waste collection companies. This makes it challenging for the local government to collaborate on citywide initiatives. ... (w San Francisco sends less trash to the landfill than any other major US city)
Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle Image 1of/18CaptionCloseImage 1 of 18A group from Star of the Sea School, in San Francisco, join crews of volunteers as they span out across Ocean Beach in San Francisco, Ca., on Saturday September 15, 2012, to participate in California's annual coastal cleanup day. lessA group from Star of the Sea School, in San Francisco, join crews of volunteers as they span out across Ocean Beach in San Francisco, Ca., on Saturday September 15, 2012, to participate in California's annual ... more Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle Image 2 of 18Jorge Gonzalez, searches for debris near collected old tires at Warm Water Cove, in San Francisco, Calif., as he joins hundreds of volunteers participating in the Community Team's Coastal Cleanup Day, at different locations along the San Francisco Bay shoreline, on Sat. September 19, 2015. lessJorge Gonzalez, searches for debris near collected old tires at Warm Water Cove, in San Francisco, Calif., as he joins hundreds of volunteers participating in the Community Team's Coastal Cleanup Day, at ... (SFGate)
Blossom Rock Trees that were visible from San Francisco Bay.Meet at the park’s main entrance, which is on Skyline Boulevard about a mile north of the intersection with Joaquin Miller Road. For information, call 510-544-3187.Fremont: There’s a hide-and-seek of sorts in the works at Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont, orchestrated by naturalist Kristina Parkison.Kristina’s Curiosity Cart, filled with wonders of cultural and natural history, will be hidden somewhere within the park during programs from 9 to 11 a.m. Sept. 16 and 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 30. Find the cart and enjoy learning about its contents.Coyote Hills is at the end of Patterson Ranch Road off Paseo Padre Parkway. There’s a parking fee of $5 per vehicle. For information, call 510-544-3220.Online: And there’s all kinds of information about East Bay Regional Park District programs and facilities at the district web site, www.ebparks.org.Ned MacKay writes a regular column about East Bay Regional Park District sites and activities. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. (East Bay Times)
Waste and Litter Cabinet.He said that the plan is similar to projects other cities, like New York City and Los Angeles have undertaken.“Cities like San Francisco are getting really close,” he said.The plan calls for a multi-pronged effort that, for one element, would create a municipal building audit program to review trash created at these properties. Esposito said, this could then be used as a “pilot program” that could then be brought to commercial businesses across the city to show how to cut waste.“We want to work with businesses to show them that this is going to make for a much better city,” said Esposito. “We want businesses to want to become zero waste businesses.”Also, at the new website set up for this initiative, CleanPHL.org – where there’s a full copy of the plan available – there is a litter index that allows locals to search for their home address to learn it’s place on the index and pertinent information they may need, like whether their block has a block captain or not and trash pickup dates.He said they are building this system with officials from at least six city agencies indexing and reviewing city neighborhoods to get data for the index.The index will list areas with a rating of one through four, one being cleanest and four being most littered, he said.Another element of this plan is the creation of a Philadelphia Waste Watchers program – though, Esposito said the name may change – that helps educate residents about what they can do to help organize cleanups in their communities and will provide teams that can help with events and education. This initiative will also bring three bins – trash, recycling and compost – out to community cleanups.“We have to educate, that’s a huge piece of this,” said Esposito.Illegal short dumping, he said, is a huge issue in Philadelphia. In any neighborhood in the city it’s easy to find a vacant lot filled with strewn trash. In fact, the plan notes that illegal dumping costs the city about $8.1 million a year in taxpayer money.Esposito said that through this plan, with the help of several city organizations working together with residents, not only can they cut waste but that could save that taxpayer money being spent on litter cleanup.But, what they need most, as the plan is put into action, Esposito said, is help from residents throughout the city.“The city can provide these resources, but we need people to believe in the system,” sai... (Metro US)
Faust, a middle school science teacher.The rates, approved by a city board in June, were debated during four months of public hearings. San Francisco’s long-standing waste hauler, Recology, pushed for the increase, saying it would help offset the cost of a five-year labor agreement, a new landfill contract and trucks that had to be redesigned to accommodate a surge in recyclable materials.After 11 hearings, the Refuse Rate Board — which includes the city administrator, city controller and general manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission — approved a complicated new rate structure recommended by Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru. He and other city officials said it reflected the true cost of getting to zero waste in San Francisco.But the new rates had two side effects. The increases were much steeper for owners of duplexes, residences with in-law units and other small properties. And counterintuitively, the new rates gave owners of small multiunit buildings an incentive to cut down their recycling and composting.The big cost driver for small residential buildings — those with up to five units — was a service fee applied to every individual dwelling on the property that tripled from $5 to $15. It meant that buildings with four or five units got hit the hardest. Those buildings also pay $6.26 each for a 16-gallon trash bin, a 32-gallon compost bin and a 64-gallon recycling bin. Different combinations with bigger bins are available at highe... (San Francisco Chronicle)