San Francisco struggling to meet zero waste goal as 2020 quickly approaches

By Cole Rosengren, Waste Dive.

Dive Brief:

  • San Francisco is looking for new ways to increase diversion rates with the goal of "zero waste by 2020" fast approaching, as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle.
  • According to Recology, the city's hauler, San Francisco generated an average 1,463 tons of waste per workday over the past year. Officials estimate that about 50% of this material could be recycled or composted if separated properly.
  • A $12 million upgrade at Recology's recycling facility is expected to be done in November. This will accommodate more material types and potentially help boost diversion rates.