Recology employees sort plastic and paper recyclables at Recology's Recycle Central on Pier 96 in San Francisco, Calif. Wednesday, November 16, 2016. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)

Supervisor calls for hearing on SF’s failing effort to send zero waste to the landfill by 2020

Supervisor Ahsha Safai called for a hearing Tuesday on San Francisco’s initiative to send zero waste to the landfill by 2020.

The hearing request comes after the San Francisco Examiner reported Monday that The City and Recology have missed the annual reduction targets of the hundreds of thousands of tons of garbage going to the landfill each year. The data shows San Francisco’s zero waste goal, which was announced in 2002, is likely out of reach.

“It is disturbing that we are not meeting that goal,” Safai said.

SEE RELATED: SF fails to meet annual reduction targets to reach zero waste to landfill by 2020

He also said that residents are upset with the recent garbage rate hikes and that “a significant amount of the money” in their rates are put toward achieving zero waste.

Safai is calling on the Department of Public Works, Department of the Environment and Recology to testify on the status of the zero waste effort and when the goal will actually be achieved.

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