Holiday-season workload picking up for recycling company

The holiday season is already delivering bumper crops for San Francisco’s waste hauling, recycling and composting company.
In the first nine days of December, Recology collected an average of 456 tons per day of recyclable material left in blue curbside bins, according to company spokesman Robert Reed.

“That’s an increase of 23 tons per day in recycling and early evidence of what we call the December peak,” Reed said. “The total amount of material in the waste stream increases significantly every December.”

Reed told the Examiner that while the future of the state’s recycling collection centers is in jeopardy for financial reasons, it’s business as usual for curbside recycling programs.

“We’re delivering 60 (blue) recycle carts a day in San Francisco – that’s a 50 percent increase from a year ago,” Reed said.

Curbside recycling programs are more convenient for consumers than delivering empty containers to collection centers, but curbside recyclers miss out on payments that are available for empty bottles and cans under California’s beverage bottle redemption program.

Recycling and composting became mandatory for all San Francisco businesses and residents this year, but The City is not yet issuing fines for violations.

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