San Francisco’s recycling center gets a upgrade in time for the holidays

Recology logoSan Francisco is known for many things, the Golden Gate Bridge among them. But its San Francisco’s recycling efforts that have brought this amazing city into the national spotlight.

In 2002, the City by the Bay passed legislation that set a goal of  diverting 75 percent of its waste from landfills by 2010 and achieving “zero waste” by 2020. And so began its composting and food waste collection program.

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Make Art, Not Landfill: Recology’s Artist in Residence Program Turns 25

Carnival Masks by Dana Albany are featured in the Recology exhibit

Carnival Masks by Dana Albany – made of wood, recycled paint and objects found at the landfill – were featured in a Recology exhibit at San Francisco Airport in 2013

25 years is an amazing anniversary to reach, but even more so for anything related to art made from landfill waste. If that statement doesn’t make sense to you, you don’t know about Recology and/or its Artist in Residence program, which turns 25 this year.

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A new organic oasis at SFO

Open only two weeks, Dogpatch Caffe is a surprising discovery at San Francisco’s newest terminal.

On a recent trip,, I had the good fortune to fly into SFO’s new terminal. Spacious and well lit, at late evening, many of the retail stores and dining establishments were already closed. But like a bright beacon, I suddenly spied organic fresh food ahead.

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The Sustainable Food Summit is almost here

Sustainable Food Summit logoI rarely plug an event and, if I do, and rarely before it starts. But this one’s an exception.

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Seattle increases food waste composting 47%

City-sponsored food composting is a steadily growing trend

City-sponsored food composting is a steadily growing trend

City-sponsored food composting is a slow but growing trend. The three top metropolitan cities that have successful composting programs are Portland, San Francisco and Seattle.

Seattle may be leading the pack. According to the Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and Cedar Grove Composting, Seattle residents increased their food composting 47% last year. That translates to sending 89,000 tons of organics and food waste into the city composting program instead of the landfill.

The city estimated food waste comprised 20% of the waste stream going to landfills in 2008.

Duwamish River FestivalNow SPU and Cedar Grove Composting have launched a new campaign, ôCompost Days,ö which runs through May 30. Seattle residents will receive coupons for two free bags of Cedar Grove compost and free Green Kitchen Kits.

“”On any given week, more than half of Seattle subscribers are putting their food and yard waste carts out for collection,” said Croll, SPU Solid Waste Director.

Way to go Seattle! Now who else will jump on this super useful bandwagon?