Zero

 Zero is about a simple truth: if less is more, then Zero is everything.

 

Zero Waste

What is Zero Waste?

Zero waste includes getting full use out of what you have, and preserving resources by recycling and composting what you toss. It is a movement to minimize the negative environmental impacts associated with single-use, disposable products.

San Francisco set a goal of achieving zero waste by 2020. It is an important step toward helping to protect the environment. Other cities are starting to follow our lead.

In every case, education is key to achieving zero waste. To learn more about zero waste, visit the links at the bottom of this page.

Making it Possible

Zero Waste is Possible

Zero waste challenges us to use resources more efficiently and to find higher and better uses of the materials we discard. It is part behavior, part philosophy and part innovation.

Behavior

Zero waste serves as a guide to how we can change our lifestyles to develop sustainable cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use.

Philosophy

At Recology, we embrace WASTE ZERO as our approach to resource recovery.

  • WASTE ZERO is our rallying cry to make the highest and best use of all resources that are manufactured, consumed, discarded and re-manufactured.
  • It means using resources wisely, generating waste only as necessary, and finding ways to use waste products in ways that benefit the environment.
  • It means landfilling only those materials we haven't yet figured out a use for.

We are passionate about and committed to reducing waste, and to recycling everything we can. This is what we mean by WASTE ZERO. It's a commitment, and we hope you join us in our efforts.

Innovation

As part of our commitment to WASTE ZERO, Recology offers a full range of programs and services in San Francisco. These include:

  •  Recycling. It saves precious resources, including water and energy and creates local jobs.
  • Composting. It returns nutrients to local farms and vineyards, giving growers a viable alternative to chemical fertilizers and enabling them to grow healthy fruits and vegetables, and support your health.
  • Anaerobic digestion. It prevents organic material from decomposing in landfill and creating methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
  • Partnerships. Zero waste can be achieved with everyone's participation. We work with charities, non-profits and manufacturers to make the highest and best use out of what we recover.

We are passionate about and committed to reducing waste, and to recycling everything we can. This is what we mean by WASTE ZERO. It's a commitment, and we hope you join us in our efforts.

Learn more about our innovative programs and services in San Francisco.

 

Recology volunteers used paint recovered from the transfer station in San Francisco to renovate parts of Golden Gate Park.
WASTE ZERO in action: Recology volunteers used paint recovered from the transfer station in San Francisco to renovate parts of Golden Gate Park.

Doing Your Part

How you can play a part?

We need your help to make zero waste possible. Become a recycling champion and practice zero waste.

  • Educate Yourself: Recology offers online and offline education. Visit stop calling it garbage, progressive innovation, resource recovery and the Environmental Learning Center.
  • Think Before You Toss: Over half of what we send to landfill could actually be recycled or composted. Not sure where your items go? Review the list of items accepted green and blue bins.
  • Leave No Item For Landfill: Almost anything can be recycled. As a customer of Recology and resident of San Francisco you have access to more recycling and reuse programs than anywhere else in the country. You can recycle just about anything.
  • Refuse What You Don't Need: Junk mail, phone book deliveries and other free items create unnecessary waste. Remove your name from mailing lists and be deliberate about what you buy at the store, buying only what you need or can reuse.
  • Reduce and Reuse What You Do Need: Think about reusing gift wrap, food containers, cups, jars and books before buying new ones. Rent or borrow clothing, supplies and other infrequently used items.
  • Get help with sorting! Start using WhatBin.com.

Zero Waste is...

Recycling, selling or donating your electronics, appliances, furniture, textiles and carpets instead of dumping them or throwing them in the trash.
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Taking the food scraps and plants you put in your green bins and turning them into highly nutritious compost used by farmers and wine makers in Northern California.

Zero Waste is composting

 

 

Zero Waste Programs & Initiatives

In San Francisco, Recology provides more recycling and reuse programs than any other city in the U.S. As a progressive innovator, we continue to test new ways to get to zero waste.  

Pilot programs for San Francisco residents:

  • Pay Per SetOut is a pilot program in the Inner-Sunset District. It encourages and incentivizes residents to fully utilize their curbside blue recycling and green composting collection bins and to reduce the number of weeks they put their black trash bin at the curb for collection during the month.

Learn more about Pay Per Setout.

Programs for San Francisco businesses:

  • Zero Waste Audits are customized programs that help to reduce your costs and improve your resource recovery program. Recology performs on-site waste audits for customers to assess the opportunities for increasing diversion.

Learn more about waste audits.

Hosting a special event? Plan your zero waste party with Recology

Learn more about new refuse collection rates.

 

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