30 Apr '13, 9pm

San Francisco Achieves 80% Recycling, Highest in US

San Francisco Achieves 80% Recycling, Highest in US

Recycling is a largely an unrecognized but major contributor to energy efficiency - it takes much less energy to produce new products from recycled ones, rather than mining virgin material from the ground. Composting is critical for soil health and keeping those materials out of landfills solves the problem of methane leaching caused when they decompose in an oxygen deprived situation. If all US cities recycled and composted like San Francisco that would create 2.3 million jobs. Even though San Francisco has cut waste-to-landfills by half over the past 10 years, it still sends 444,000 tons to the landfill each year - enough to fill the TransAmerica building nine times. Half of that material could be recycled or composted - imagine the waste other cities produce. That remaining waste is mostly coming from neighborhoods where English isn't the first language, not from non-co...

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