Officials: Mandatory recycling and composting law a success 

Say what you want about San Francisco’s seemingly overbearing green policies --they are working.

San Francisco is boasting one of its most successful years of diverting waste from landfills. In 2001, San Francisco dumped 690,000 tons of waste at landfills. But as of 2009, that number had dropped to 402,000, according t the Department of Environment. That’s the lowest amount San Francisco has sent to landfills in the last four decades.

And curbside recycling and composting has risen citywide, from 300 tons daily now compared to 508 daily tons last year.

Environmental officials attribute the reduction of waste to the mandatory recycling and composting law that went into effect last October. The most dramatic increase in recycling and composting occurred in the Bayview District, where they went up by 100 percent.  

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