NYT covers US cities pushing for zero waste

A few highlights from the article by William Yardley, “Cities Get So Close to Recycling Ideal, They Can Smell It“:

  • Portland has reduced the waste going to landfills by 44%.
  • San Francisco reuses 78% of its waste stream and says they could get to 85% with existing infrastructure (the US average is 34%)
  • Seattle plans a fourth curbside bin for diapers and pet waste. The material will be anaerobically digested to produce energy.
  • Portland uses falcons at its waste transfer stations to deter sea gulls.
  • Since switching to biweekly garbage collection, Portland saw a 50% increase in garbage improperly snuck into weekly recycling pick-ups.

Here in my part of the world, both Metro Vancouver and the City of Vancouver have zero waste goals.