Prevent Waste

Before you recycle or compost
Preventing waste before it happens
Prevent waste by buying less and reusing what you have. Find out how consumers and producers can support San Francisco’s goal of zero waste by 2020.



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The Food Service Waste Reduction Ordinance prohibits the use of polystyrene foam food service ware and requires the use of food ware that is compostable or recyclable. Read>
San Francisco's Checkout Bag Ordinance went into effect on October 1, 2012. Get all the information you need to know about how the ordinance affects you.Read>
Rethink single-use disposables, and bring your own mug and tote bag to reduce waste.Read>
Prevent junk mail and phonebooks from arriving at your door! Here are some resources to help prevent waste from unwanted solicitations. Read>
To achieve zero waste, consumers must also take responsibility for their consumption. Here are some ideas for how you can reduce waste every day. Read>
Companies must recognize their responsibility in producing goods that result in less waste upstream and downstream.Read>

Additional Information for Prevent Waste

How America Is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill
Original research from the National Resource Defense Council
The Story of Stuff
Take a trip with Annie Leonard to uncover where our stuff comes from.
Food Runners: Relaying Food to the Needy
Food Runners connects excess prepared food to those in need and will pick up most kitchen prepared food.