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Insert Property/Business Name/Address. Recycling & Compost Training 2013. San Francisco’s Waste Reduction Goals. 75% of Waste Diverted From Landfill by 2010. Zero Waste to Landfill by 2020. SF currently diverts 80% of all discards from landfill. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Insert Property/Business Name/AddressRecycling & Compost Training2015

  • San Franciscos Waste Reduction Goals75% of Waste Diverted From Landfill by 2010.Zero Waste to Landfill by 2020.SF currently diverts 80% of all discards from landfill.It will require the participation of ALL businesses & residents to reach our goals.Zero Waste 2020

  • Mandatory Recycling and Composting Ordinance for All SF Businesses & ResidentsRecyclingCompostTrash

  • Three Choices

  • What to RecyclePaperWhite paperColored office paperEnvelopesFile foldersPost-It Notes & Staples are ok


  • What to RecycleGlass Bottles & JarsFood & drink containers onlyEmpty before recycling

  • What to RecycleAlmost All PlasticWater & Juice BottlesMilk JugsRigid Tubs & LidsClamshell ContainersPlant Containers

  • What to RecycleAluminum Cans, Foil & TraysSteel & Tin Cans

  • What to CompostFood ScrapsFood-related Paper ProductsPaper towels, napkins, plates & paper cupsWaxed cardboard, milk and juice cartonsCompostable Plastics (only with green label)

  • What to CompostPaper towels from rest rooms are collected for compost as well. Composting paper towels reduces waste and green house gases!


  • Central Office Collection StationAll 3 containers placed togetherLess trash with more recycling and composting

  • Dont Throw These in TrashPlease ~ No Electronic Devices

    Inside there are Toxic Materials

  • Dont Throw These in TrashPlease ~ No Batteries, Lampsor Ink/Toner Cartridges

    Inside there are Toxic Materials

  • Avoid ContaminationClean white office paper is made into new white office paper and high quality tissue productsMixed paper becomes cereal boxes, paper towels & tissuesCardboard becomes new boxesRecycled glass bottles are used to make new glass bottles and jarsRecycled plastic bottles can be used to make new products like carpet and fleece vests and jacketsFood scraps are composted and sold to farmers, wineries & gardeners

  • Recycling is processed at Pier 96 on San Franciscos Southern Waterfront. A state of the art facility was constructed to separate mixed recyclables into different commodities to be sold to recycling markets. Mixed materials enter the west side of the buildingAfter sorting, separated commodities are ready for sale to recyclers Recycle Central

  • Mixed recycling is loaded onto conveyor lines which transport the material to the top of a two-story platform.

  • On the platform, mechanical & manual separation is used to sort the recyclables into individual commodities. Plastic bags cause significant equipment problems and shutdowns.

  • Workers on the platform pull cardboard, paper, plastics & glass and drop them into corresponding bins where the material is collected at the ground level.

  • Glass is sorted by color. Plastics are separated by type. Paper is separated by grade (mixed paper, white paper, newspaper, cardboard, etc.). Steel & Aluminum are captured by magnets and air currents.

  • Separated materials are compacted into bales and are ready for end markets. Manufacturers purchase the commodities and make them into other plastic, paper, glass, and metal products.

  • Most recyclable materials are sold to manufacturers in China & other Pacific Rim countries. While we have a good system in place, it is always best to Reduce our consumption, Reuse existing materials, & then to Recycle.

  • Compostable material is taken to Jepson Prairie Organics in Vacaville for processing. Jepson Prairie Organics

  • Plastic Bags Are The Primary Contaminant That Is Removed From Compost

  • Compostable material is ground into small pieces and formed into piles. The piles are covered with a breathable fabric that accelerates the natural cycle of decomposition with higher temperatures.

  • After 45 days the covers are removed and the material is turned for another 30 days and allowed to cure in the sun.

  • In 75 days food scraps and paper products are transformed into a nutrient rich soil amendment, COMPOST!

  • The finished product COMPOST is used by vineyards and in organic farming applications to grow more food and trees.

  • Using compost means pesticides arent required, soil fertility is increased, water is conserved, and soil erosion is mitigated.

  • Be A HeroFight Climate ChangeFor every 1 ton of mixed paper recycled, about 4.3 tons of CO2e are avoided.Save the ForestsRecycling 1 ton of paper saves about 24 trees and 7,000 gallons of water.Clean the Air and WaterRecycling metals reduces air pollution by 85% and water pollution by 75%.Save EnergyYou could watch more than 2 hours of television with the energy saved from recycling just one aluminum can.Help the EconomyRecycling creates six times as many jobs as landfilling.

  • ResourcesRecycleWhere - www.recyclewhere.orgwhere to recycle and properly dispose of just about everything! -

    SF Green Business Program -

    Stop Junk Mail Kit -

    SCRAP www.scrap-sf.orgaccepts donations of clean, reusable materials from businesses.

  • For More Information 355-3745 Email ~

    ***SF Law in effect October 9, 2009.State Law in effect July 1, 2012.*Where you liveWhere you work*****Anything that ever used to be alive. Plant or animal.****Anything with a cord.Anything with a plug or a battery.

    **When in doubt, Throw It Out.*Garbage is taken to a transfer station in SF and then to a landfill at Altamont, 62 miles one-way.************THE BENEFITSWhat we do makes an impact.