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The facts are this:
- 70-90% of waste from a restaurant is compostable
- 30-50% of household waste is compostable
- 14% of municipal solid waste is compostable
- landfills account for a full 20 percent of America's methane production
These are big numbers, but no one seems to notice the compostable elephant poop in the room.
San Francisco is on track to become the first zero waste city with the implementation of a city wide composting mandate.
In 2009, San Francisco became the first city in the country to require that residents and businesses alike separate from their trash compostable items, like food scraps, and recyclable goods, like paper, metals, and plastic, into separate bins.
And that has led to a big reduction in the amount of garbage headed to the landfill, according to San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.
With a few modifications to how we each go through our daily lives, isn't becoming zero waste, or as close to it as possible, something we can achieve across the entire United States? And more importantly, isn't it necessary?