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Composting Now Required in San Francisco

June 24th, 2009 Posted in Updates

I started composting about a year ago and have to admit that I haven’t been very adamant about turning it over or adding water. However, even with my inconsistent attention, my compost bin is actually composting and turning my kitchen waste into mulch, just at a slower rate. Now I guess I will no longer be the only one in California composting. According to Treehugger the mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom, just signed a bill making composting part of their waste disposal.

    Mayor Gavin Newsom has signed legislation that makes composting of food waste compulsory for all residents and businesses. According to Mayor Newsom, over two-thirds of the garbage city residents are currently throwing away could be composted. The new laws will require every resident and business to either partake in the city’s organic waste collection, or to compost their own food scraps, and as Brian noted previously - those not complying could be slapped with a $500 fine.

It’s nice to see a mayor doing something proactive within their community. If San Francisco can successfully accomplish this task, perhaps other large cities will incorporate composting into their waste management as well.

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