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San Francisco to Switch Over to 16-Gallon Refuse Carts

The city is moving forward with a citywide implementation of 16-gallon refuse bins and 64-gallon recycling bins.

San Francisco’s hauler Recology tested out a new recycling program along several routes in the city’s Sunset District. And after seeing much success, the city has decided to move forward with a citywide implementation of 16-gallon refuse bins and 64-gallon recycling bins.

This effort will help support the city’s new recycling rules, which allow residents to recycle more materials such as textiles, plastic bags, paper coffee cups, ice cream containers, milk or juice cartons and aseptic containers.   

The city hopes that the new recycling rules and recycling program will help it reach its goal of achieving zero waste by 2020.

San Francisco Chronicle has more details:

Juice boxes, ice cream cartons, bagged bubble wrap and coffee cups — throw in the plastic lid and cardboard sleeve — are now welcome in recycling bins throughout San Francisco.

The city’s Department of the Environment announced the change Thursday, characterizing it as the most significant advance of San Francisco’s three-bin system since its genesis in 2000.

“We’ve never been closer to eliminating our need for that black (trash) bin,” said Debbie Raphael, the department’s director, speaking at a news conference furnished with display tables showing off the new recyclable goods. Fittingly, the microphones and loudspeakers at the conference were hooked up to a bicycle-powered generator.

Read the full story here.

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