San Francisco Sets North American Record for Recycling & Composting with 80 Percent Diversion Rate
Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced that San Francisco achieved an 80 percent landfill diversion rate, setting records as the highest of any city in North America.*
San Francisco diverts 80 percent of all materials discarded in the City away from landfill through source reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting. The City’s zero waste programs, in partnership with Recology, helped San Francisco become Greenest City in North America.
Getting to Zero Waste by 2020
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors and Mayor established the goal of sending zero waste to landfill by 2020. This past decade, San Francisco reduced trash to landfill by half.
Half of what goes to landfill – 444,000 tons of material – could be recycled or composted. Help get to zero waste by 2020:
- Recycle soft plastics (plastic film, bags) at San Francisco supermarkets.
- Safely and securely dispose of medicine at a drop-off site for unused medicine.
- Use Recology's home pickup service for toxic items like electronics or paint.
*City is defined as 100,000 people or more.
San Francisco is habitat for 800,000 people – meeting needs for space to work, play, and learn; for food, water, and air; for community with local flora and fauna. SF Environment provides support for urban agriculture and forestry and green buildings, helping residents and businesses harness environmental opportunities.