Do you think recycling and composting is important? Do you spend the time to separate plastic bottles and banana peels? Well, you certainly should. According to SF Gate, on June 10th of 2009, San Francisco passed a law that you have to separate composting, recyclables, and trash.
From banana peels and plastic bottles, everything must be separated, or you might be fined $500. Some of you may be thinking, "Why would we be fined?" The reason is, is because California is strong on recycling.
Gavin Newsom, the 42nd mayor of San Francisco, was at the recycling center, north of San Francisco in Brisbane. You recycling, helped the city of San Francisco 77% divergence rate (diverting landfill to recycling,composting and recycling).
We hold the record for the best recycling city in the U.S.A. That is a big accomplishment for a city so big. Two thirds of the objects thrown in the trash, could be split between recycling and composting.
The fact that plastic bags are banned from San Francisco, makes recycling easier. Recycling and composting requires jobs, so not only does it help the environment, it requires jobs.
In 1996, 35% of objects were being split into recycling,composting,and trash. We still held the record for the best city that recycles and composts. Mayor Gavin Newsom was surprised to hear that we broke the record to have most of our objects to be separated, that was expected to be 70%, yet we broke it by reaching 72%. We then had a goal to reach 75%, and also beat that, buy 2%. "It's the kids that are teaching the adults," Mayor Gavin stated.
In 2020, San Francisco is expected to be a city where only composting and recycling bins are needed. "It's the kids that are teaching the adults," Mayor Gavin stated.