New composting law taking effect

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Composting bins are rolling into place, as the law that mandates proper refuse sorting in The City begins this week.

Starting Wednesday, residents who fail to properly sort their trash will face fines. The rules are part of Mayor Gavin Newsom’s plan to boost The City’s recycling rate beyond 72 percent.The ordinance is the first in the country to make composting mandatory.

The Board of Supervisors approved the law in June, despite concerns that inspectors would aggressively penalize residents.

City officials insist ratepayers will receive ample warning notices before getting a fine. Garbage haulers will tag out-of-compliance bins. Repeat offenders will be reported to The City.

During the past three months, calls requesting green bins have flooded the offices of Sunset Scavengers Co., which collects garbage and recycling in city neighborhoods, spokesman Robert Reed said.

“We’re delivering about 100 [compost bins] a day,” he said.
 

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