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.