10 posts categorized "Recycling"

10/09/2012

Recycling Program: Mayor Announces City Leads America in Recycling

Mayor Announces City Leads America in RecyclingMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced San Francisco has achieved 80 percent landfill diversion rates, setting national recycling and compost rate records as the highest of any city in North America.

“Recycling and composting is not only good for our environment, it is also good for our economy,” said Mayor Lee. ”Recycling alone creates 10 times more jobs than simply sending refuse to the landfill, and I applaud Recology, the Department of Environment and San Franciscans for reaching this record milestone of 80 percent diversion.”

San Francisco now diverts 80 percent of all waste generated in the City away from landfill disposal through source reduction, reuse, and recycling and composting programs. The City’s partnership with Recology and its advanced waste reduction programs have helped San Francisco become the Greenest City in North America and receive a perfect score for resource recovery and recycling category in the 2011 Siemens Green City Index. Read more.

10/04/2012

Green Initiative: City's Expanded Checkout Bag Ordinance Takes Effect

Green Initiative: City's Expanded Checkout Bag Ordinance Takes EffectOctober 1st is the first effective day of San Francisco's expanded checkout bag ordinance. To help shoppers understand the new ordinance, San Francisco's Department of the Environment will kickoff a multi-lingual citywide consumer education campaign to encourage shoppers to bring their own bag when shopping. The campaign will include the distribution of over 17,000 free reusable bags.

San Francisco's Checkout Bag Ordinance is designed to decrease the number of single use bags and eliminate single use plastic bags, which harm marine life, often end up as litter and clog street drains, and are difficult to recycle. All retailers are now required to stop distribution of single use plastic checkout bags. Additionally they must charge 10 cents for each paper or reusable checkout bag they give out. To avoid the bag charge, customers can bring their own bag when shopping. WIC and food stamp customers are not subject to the bag charge. On October 1, 2013, the ordinance expands
to include restaurants and require bag charges for certified compostable plastics bags. Read more.

09/20/2012

Green Energy: Board of Supervisors Approves CleanPowerSF Program

Green Energy: Board of Supervisors Approves CleanPowerSF ProgramThe San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved CleanPowerSF for launch in mid-2013. CleanPowerSF is San Francisco's custom-tailored Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program that will offer San Francisco residents a 100% renewable energy alternative. The Board of Supervisors vote (8-3) was the last major legislative hurdle CleanPowerSF needed prior to launch. CleanPowerSF will be operated by the City's municipal power provider, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC).

"San Francisco's dream for a clean energy future has finally become reality," said Local Agency Formation Commission Chair and Supervisor David Campos. "When CleanPowerSF launches in 2013, San Francisco's 100% renewable energy program will stimulate the local economy, create jobs and most importantly, secure our independent, clean energy future." Read more.

03/28/2012

Environmental Milestone: Mayor Celebrates City' Composting Achievements

Mayor Celebrates City' Composting AchievementsMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced San Francisco reached a major environmental milestone last November having collected a million tons of compostable material through Recology’s green bin program, and today, the millionth ton returns to San Francisco to be applied as nutrient-rich compost to fertilize gardens and grow healthy, organic foods.

“San Francisco is leading the way in sustainability policy and this composting achievement is another reason why we are the ‘Greenest City in North America,’” said Mayor Lee. “Recology has been a leading partner for our composting efforts and this is the ultimate full-circle moment in sustainability. Thanks to local community farmers, especially those who volunteer at Alemany Farm, for providing healthy food to our communities, fostering environmental education and promoting green jobs.” Read more.

05/26/2011

Mayor Signs Yellow Pages Distribution Ordinance

Mayor Lee signs Yellow pages Distribution Ordinance Without fanfare, the mayor signed the nationally watched legislation on May 19, two days after the Board of Supervisors gave final approval.

"Mayor Lee recognizes that there are still many residents and businesses that rely on the Yellow Pages," Lee's spokeswoman, Christine Falvey, said Wednesday. "But this will dramatically reduce the number of unwanted phone books in San Francisco."

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, the lead sponsor, said he believes the new regulation will stand up to court scrutiny. "We carefully crafted our legislation to withstand a legal challenge from the industry whose mass over-distribution of Yellow Pages has degraded our environment and blighted our neighborhoods," he said.