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.