recycling

5:10pm

Tue October 29, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

One man’s trash is another's recycling

Arthur Boone and his recycling.
Judy Silber

Californians are pretty good about thinking twice before throwing things away—we divert more than 60 percent of our waste away from landfills. But what about that remaining 40 percent?

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5:06pm

Wed August 15, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

How much garbage does it take to treat a patient?

Image courtesy of East Bay Express

One thing you probably don’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’s East Bay Express cover story, on average it takes 33 pounds of garbage to treat each patient.  Reporter Kathleen Richards says the medical industry is one of the leading producers of waste, but has been slow to recycle.

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2:39pm

Thu May 31, 2012
Politics

Why voters might trash Prop A

Photo courtesy of Flickr user KayVee.INC

On June 5th, San Franciscans will be voting on many things, one of which has to do with their trash.

Since the 1930s, the company Recology has been taking care of The City’s trash and recycling, with no competition. This year, proponents of Proposition A want to change that by opening up the city's trash collection and processing services to a competitive bidding process. Other companies – even out of state ones – would have the chance to bid for the job.

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1:34pm

Thu March 29, 2012
Politics

The cost of recycling scavengers

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.

Supervisor Christina Olague has requested a hearing looking into how much money the City is losing because of scavengers, as well as ways to prevent the practice. That investigation could begin next month. Street recycling is a growing underground economy. And it is illegal. Ben Trefny has the story.

9:00am

Mon March 26, 2012
Morning News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Monday, March 26, 2012

San Francisco's District 5 Supervisor, Christina Olague, has requested a hearing to examine neighborhood recycling scavenging. Since 2010 Recology and the city have looked into how to stop the activity, which costs up to $5 million in revenue annually. The hearing should take place in April before the board’s City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee...

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