recycling http://kalw.org en Zero Waste in San Francisco is a 2020 Vision http://kalw.org/post/zero-waste-san-francisco-2020-vision <p></p><p>“The goal is Zero Waste by 2020, and we think that is an achievable goal.”</p><p></p><p>Those words from former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom back in 2009 promoted the idea of diverting all waste from landfills. It was actually an official resolution passed back in the Willie Brown Administration. Now in 2014, Mayor Ed Lee claims the city has reached 80% diversion. Whether or not that <a href="http://www.sfbg.com/2014/07/08/garbage-game?page=0,0">debatable claim</a> is true, there’s a long way to go to reach the goal. So what’s it going to take to achieve zero waste by 2020?</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 23:13:45 +0000 Adam Teitelbaum 46750 at http://kalw.org Zero Waste in San Francisco is a 2020 Vision One man’s trash is another's recycling http://kalw.org/post/one-man-s-trash-anothers-recycling <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Californians are pretty good about thinking twice before throwing things away—we divert more than </span><a href="http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/LGCentral/GoalMeasure/DisposalRate/Graphs/EstDiversion.htm" style="line-height: 1.5;">60 percent</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of our waste away from landfills. But what about that remaining 40 percent?</span></p><p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 00:10:12 +0000 Judy Silber 35132 at http://kalw.org One man’s trash is another's recycling How much garbage does it take to treat a patient? http://kalw.org/post/how-much-garbage-does-it-take-treat-patient <p>One thing you probably don&rsquo;t think of when you think of hospitals is garbage. And yet, these huge institutions generate tons of garbage that goes straight into our landfills. According to this week&rsquo;s <em>East Bay Express</em> <a href="http://www.eastbayexpress.com/ebx/how-much-garbage-does-it-take-to-treat-a-patient/Content?oid=3311872">cover story</a>, on average it takes 33 pounds of garbage to treat each patient.&nbsp; Reporter Kathleen Richards says the medical industry is one of the leading producers of waste, but has been slow to recycle. Thu, 16 Aug 2012 00:06:22 +0000 Holly Kernan 15217 at http://kalw.org How much garbage does it take to treat a patient? Why voters might trash Prop A http://kalw.org/post/why-voters-might-trash-prop <p>On June 5th, San Franciscans will be voting on many things, one of which has to do with their trash.</p><p>Since the 1930s, the company Recology has been taking care of The City&rsquo;s trash and recycling, with no competition. This year, proponents of Proposition A want to change that by opening up the city&#39;s trash collection and processing services to a competitive bidding process. Other companies &ndash; even out of state ones &ndash; would have the chance to bid for the job.</p> Thu, 31 May 2012 21:39:21 +0000 Hana Baba 11465 at http://kalw.org Why voters might trash Prop A The cost of recycling scavengers http://kalw.org/post/cost-recycling-scavengers <p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.15271199361929622" style="font-size:19px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">San Francisco is considered a national leader in pro-environmental policy, advocacy, and education. And while the City is a pioneer in recycling it may be getting tougher on street recyclers who scavenge from blue bins throughout the city.</span></p> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 20:34:53 +0000 Chris Hoff & Zoe Corneli & Nasreen Atassi 8322 at http://kalw.org The cost of recycling scavengers