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Tools for soothing climate change
Tools for soothing climate change
Tools for soothing climate change
Tools for soothing climate change
Tools for soothing climate change
Tools for soothing climate change
Tools for soothing climate change
Tools for soothing climate change
Tools for soothing climate change
Tools for soothing climate change
Tools for soothing climate change
Tools for soothing climate change
Tools for soothing climate change
Tools for soothing climate change
Tools for soothing climate change
Tools for soothing climate change
Tools for soothing climate change
Tools for soothing climate change
Tools for soothing climate change
Tools for soothing climate change
Tools for soothing climate change
Tools for soothing climate change
Tools for soothing climate change
Tools for soothing climate change
Tools for soothing climate change
Tools for soothing climate change
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Tools for soothing climate change
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  • 1. Zero Waste: Zero Waste Tools for Soothing GAIA Climate Change From Waste Management to Material Management Beirut Conference – July 2010 Kevin Drew Residential Zero Waste Coordinator San Francisco Department of the Environment
  • 2. 2 Overarching Points  Upstream processes create 71 times more impact than what ends up in cities Zero Waste  Comprehensive Zero Waste in our cities GAIA can dramatically reduce GHG
  • 3. Tip of the “Wasteberg” Impact Municipal waste tip of the “wasteberg” Zero Waste Upstream waste GAIA produced is 70 times greater than at municipal level
  • 4. Climate Change and Waste Diversion Reduces energy & emissions upstream Reduces methane emissions from landfills Zero Waste Increases storage of carbon GAIA in soil & biomass Decreases use of petroleum- based fertilizers and pesticides, and reduces water use www.stoptrashingtheclimate.org
  • 5. Unique San Francisco Aspects: Each city has its own  The same company, Recology, has exclusive right to haul refuse for Zero Waste over 80 years GAIA  Pay As You Throw (PAYT) has been in place for almost 90 years
  • 6. History Matters: Same local hauler for over 80 years – Recology Waste Zero Zero Waste GAIA
  • 7. Pay as you Throw - PAYT – Functions Like a Utility Customers:  Pay for Waste like you do for a Utility, like electricity, water, Zero Waste gas GAIA  The more they use, the more they pay  Allows incentives for recycling, composting and reuse  Provides a dedicated funding stream for our programs
  • 8. SF Zero Waste Toolbox Policy Zero Waste Programs GAIA Equipment, facilities People Technology
  • 9. San Francisco’s Zero Waste Goals and Policies to Support Them  50% Diversion by 2000 – AB939 State Mandate in 1989  75% Landfill Diversion by 2010 SF Goal – at 72% in 2008 Zero Waste  Zero Waste by 2020 GAIA  Promote Highest and Best Use of Materials and Require Consumer and Producer Responsibility (EPR)  Banned Styrofoam & Plastic Bags  Mandatory Recycling and Composting Ordinance and C&D
  • 10. Three Stream Collection Program for Residents and Businesses Zero Waste GAIA
  • 11. Easy to Understand Program & Outreach Zero Waste GAIA
  • 12. Recyclables & Trash Collected Using Dual Compactors Weekly for Residents Zero Waste GAIA
  • 13. Material Recovery Facility (MRF) Sited in SF Access to International Markets Zero Waste GAIA
  • 14. 3 Single Stream & 2 Mixed Commercial Lines for over 1200 tpd Zero Waste GAIA
  • 15. Maintain local jobs for union waste collection workers in processing Zero Waste GAIA
  • 16. Nutrient Rich Compostable Food Zero Waste GAIA
  • 17. Composting & Recycling Collection Designed For High Diversion Food Scraps Recyclable 20% Paper 21% Zero Waste Glass and Plastic Aluminum and Steel GAIA Plant Trimmings 5% 4% Compostable Paper & Fiber 10% Construction and Demolition Waste 25% Other 15% All % numbers by weight or tons
  • 18. Diverting Food and Other Compostables From Landfill Sustains Soils and Closes Organics & Nutrient Loop Zero Waste GAIA
  • 19. Norcal’s “Jepsen Prairie Organics” Regional Composting Facility 300 TPD using 15 acres Zero Waste GAIA
  • 20. New technology allows 600 tpd within strict CA Air Resources Board VOC emissions level on the same site Engineered Compost System (ECS) Zero Waste GAIA
  • 21. Environmental stewards from the community for every neighborhood Zero Waste GAIA
  • 22. Compost Used On Organic Farms And Vineyards To Build Healthy Soils Zero Waste GAIA
  • 23. Food Scrap Digestion to Energy Process Zero Waste GAIA
  • 24. San Francisco Greenhouse Gas Emissions Target 12 2.5 million tons eCO2/year reduced by 2012 11 10.8 Business as usual 10 8.48 Forecast 8.25 Million Tons eCO2 9 Zero Waste 7.8 2005 8.5 Kyotol Protocol 8 GAIA 7.3 7 Adopted Goal 20% below 1990 6 5 4 1990 2000 Year 2005 2012
  • 25. In 2002 we projected Zero Waste programs to reduce 302,000 tons/year of the 2,500,000 ton goal by 2012 Zero Waste GAIA We believe the Zero Waste reduction will be significantly greater
  • 26. Disposal: lowest in 40 years  Year Disposal Compostables Diversion to landfill collected Zero Waste  2000 GAIA 21,072 872,731 46%  2002 751,180 56,530 62%  2005 664,033 85,395 69%  2007 617,883 91,505 72%  2008 560,330 103,749 >72%?  2009 est. <490,000 >130,000
  • 27. This is soothing to the climate Zero Waste GAIA
  • 28. Thank You Kevin Drew San Francisco Zero Waste Department of the Environment GAIA www.sfenvironment.org kevin.drew@sfgov.org 415-355-3732
  • 29. Websites www.sfenvironment.org/zerowaste Zero Waste www.recology.com/compost GAIA www.fourcoursecompost.com www.ilsr.org www.stoptrashingtheclimate.org www.gaia.org

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