Closing the Compost Loop in San Francisco

The International Compost Awarness Week starts on May 1st, and we welomed it early this past Saturday with the Great Compost Giveaway throughout San Francisco.

On a clear and sunny day, and roughly 4,000 San Franciscans in station wagons, minivans, sedans, hybrids, motorcycles, bikes, pulling shopping carts, and little red wagons made their way into parking lots through out San Francisco to collect some of the food scraps and yard debris that we’ve recycled into compost.

Our food scraps and yard debris recycling program was the first citywide curbside collection program in the country. Recology has collected over 907,000 tons of food scraps and plants for composting since the program began in 1996.

Recology’s President and CEO, Mike Sangiacomo shared his pride over the work done in San Francisco. “San Franciscans are truly great recyclers and composters. Together we have achieved the highest landfill diversion rate in the nation,” he said.

Compost was available to San Fransico residents at Alemany Farm, the Hayes Valley Farm, McLaren Park, and the Ocean Beach parking lot at Golden Gate Park.

Learn more about how we compost.

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