Although this San Mateo peninsula article does not include Pacifica, Chris Porter, our Recology General Manager said our composting and recycling numbers are also way up. Sorry if the price seems high, the city needs the money. Maybe the city should incorporate as a charity.
San Mateo Daily Journal/Bill Silverfarb, 2/7/12. "For the first time ever, locals set out more compost than garbage in their bins in 2011, according to a report from the South Bayside Waste Management Authority.
Some of the increase may have something to do with pizza boxes that once went straight to the landfill at Ox Mountain. Those boxes, with greasy bits of food left in them, can now go into the same bin with yard waste and organics. “It is the No. 1 question we get. What to do with pizza boxes,” said Gino Gasparini with Recology. Any cardboard or paper with food contamination now goes into organics, he said.
In 2011, compost collection increased 29 percent compared to 2010 and residential recycling jumped 25 percent during the same period. The increase in composting and recycling has seen garbage disposal decrease by nearly 18 percent from 2010 to 2011, helping to extend the life of San Mateo County’s only landfill at Ox Mountain, Gasparini said. “If it’s in the black cart, it goes straight to the landfill,” Gasparini said.
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The new single-stream blue recycling bins have likely proved more convenient for customers, leading to higher diversion rates, Gasparini said. People are becoming more conscious about the importance of recycling and composting, said Monica Devincenzi with RethinkWaste. The next goal is to get the recycling and composting numbers up at larger multi-unit complexes, she said, which lags behind single-family residences in diversion rates.
East Palo Alto residents had the biggest increase in residential recycling, a 80.5 percent increase in 2011 compared to 2010 and Atherton had the biggest increase in residential composting at 49.9 percent during the same period with Burlingame being a close second in composting with a 48.2 percent increase. Atherton residents are doing the best job of diverting their garbage at more than 82 percent. Menlo Park is second at about 73 percent. The state’s goal is to have at least 75 percent of all waste be diverted to compost or recycling by 2020. The current state mandate is 50 percent.
“People are becoming more environmentally conscious,” said Recology’s Robert Reed. “They are doing the right thing.” Not only does recycling and composting help extend the life of landfills, it is also better for the environment, Reed said. Keeping Ox Mountain open as long as possible is a local goal because once it closes the region will have to haul its trash out of the county at a greater expense, Devincenzi said. “The customers deserve the credit when they take the individual action of going for the right bin,” Reed said. RethinkWaste is comprised of Atherton, Belmont, Burlingame, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Redwood City, San Carlos, San Mateo, the West Bay Sanitary District and unincorporated county areas."
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