What program can cities implement that reduces landfilling and landfill gas emissions including methane, helps local farms grow more healthy food, saves water, and returns carbon to the soil? The answer is curbside food scrap collection for composting. San Francisco was the first large city in North America to collect food scraps together with sticks and leaves in curbside bins for composting. In San Francisco alone, this program has kept 2.5 million tons of compostable material out of landfills. More than 200 cities and many universities are following San Francisco’s lead and implementing curbside collection programs that accept food scraps for composting. Together we are changing the way the world does garbage. Join us to see how San Francisco implemented this program, the multiple ways it benefits the environment, and highly effective ways to encourage and inspire residents and businesses to fully participate.
Robert Reed worked as a journalist at daily newspapers for 10 years and won awards for writing about the environment. Robert is spokesman for Recology, an employee-owned resource recovery company based in San Francisco. Recology’s business model is recycling. Robert is part of a team that implemented San Francisco’s pioneering curbside composting program in 1996, a team that continues to encourage and inspire residents and businesses to compost all food scraps.