San Francisco's Road to Zero-Waste: An Unthinkable Goal by 2020? by @globalsiteplans

San Francisco's Road to Zero-Waste: An Unthinkable Goal by 2020? by @globalsiteplans

San Francisco is a catalyst for change, leading the nation by becoming the first major U.S. city to reach a “zero-waste” goal. The city recognized that the recycling of bottles and paper could no longer remedy the amount of waste being produced, so they initiated the program. They have already set an example for cities across the nation by eliminating waste by 80%, but the goal is still 100% by the year 2020. What does it take to be a zero-waste city? Sending nothing to the landfill or incinerator. Recycling materials. Composting biodegradable foods and packaging. Preventing waste before it happens. Sounds simple enough right? The challenge lies in reconditioning the population to rethink the age-old mantra of “reduce, reuse, recycle,” and now compost. Let’s think critically for a moment about what we consume. Everything we consume must first be made using resources. For e...

Full article: http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/node/1007496

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