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San Francisco Is Top Recycler Among U.S. Cities.

City by the bay reaches 77% landfill diversion rate in 2010.

San Francisco’s unofficial new motto, “Not Smug, Just Better,” may have caused a little controversy, but these days, SF has earned a pat on the back.  The city has achieved a whopping 77% landfill diversion rate in the last 3 years. That’s the highest of any major U.S. city.

A report released last September by former Mayor Gavin Newsom says that San Francisco diverted over 1.6 million tons of material from landfills in 2010––that’s about the weight of the Golden Gate bridge.

The city’s comprehensive program includes an aggressive approach to recycling, composting and reuse of materials, and cites an increase from 72% in 2009, exceeding the city’s goal to divert 75% of waste by 2010.

The next challenge for SF?  Zero waste by 2020.  A lofty goal, but one that is well worth striving toward.  SF Smug? Maybe.  But if the shoe fits…

About Sebrina Zerkus Smith

Professional writer, foodie. Lupus survivor. Loves pugs, wine, days at the beach and good movies. Takes recycling seriously, but not much else. Sebrina Zerkus Smith is a Southern Gal that has been scratching the writer’s itch for nearly 30 years. Her career began in Washington, D.C., in 1987, fresh out of collage and full of ideals. While plying her trade by day on congressional reps and senators, at night she burned the candle writing features for local newspapers and national magazines. She quickly realized that her southern upbringing gave her a unique and humorous voice that resonated with her readers. Eventually, she moved to Los Angeles where she pursued her dream of becoming a novelist and screenwriter. She paid her bills by working as a freelance writer for major marketing projects from studios such as CBS, NBC and Disney. Realizing that the future of writing lay with the internet, she was bitten by the blogging bug back in the 90’s, back before it was even called “blogging.” Then it was still just writing and trying to make a living. Through those early blogging years, Sebrina found passion and purpose. Over the past 10 years she has written articles for clients such as LightCues.com, MatterMore.com, Greenopolis, MacAddict, Yahoo, CNN and more. Today, Sebrina writes about a variety of topics including the Southern Experience, sustainability, clean water, food, gardening, sleep and her obsession with pugs. She is a regular paid contributor to WildOats.com as well as other entities. She now lives in Houston with her husband Jeff and their pug Newton. She hopes one day to complete her opus, Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed.


One thought on “San Francisco Is Top Recycler Among U.S. Cities.

  1. Oslo, Norway, anaerobically digests humanure, sewage for methane, which they use as fuel for city buses. Methane can also run cars, electric generators, and even be used as cooking fuel. The sludge resulting form the process, is apparently a Top-soil building fertilizer suitable for hay, grain fields. Is this process used? Could it be used? Regulate what really goes into the sewage system? Make it safe? This is a “full cycle” similar to Mother Nature’s patterns. This has to be one small source of energy that is safer than Fuckoshima styled humanocidal plutonium producing faulty American designed reactors – has to be! San Antonio has such a scheme? Who else in America sees this valuable resource flow, a veritable cash flow?

    Posted by Bruce Miller | August 15, 2011, 4:35 pm

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