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  •  Fantastic! (5+ / 0-)

    San Diego has a pretty cool composting program, but certainly not as extensive as San Francisco's.

    The city maintains a huge compost pile, cooking it and rotating it as needed. You can bring your compost there, and the compost itself is free in small quantities. It has been rated as some of the best compost available; this is extremely important in San Diego because our soil (if you can call it that) is crap. The city is working hard to get the word out about this great compost that is available for anyone to use. They also offer a wide selection of bark and wood chips for mulch.

    The other part to the city program is very cool; the city offers compost pick up for restaurants. It takes a bit of effort to get into the program; the restaurant has a probationary period of six months. During that time, city officials visit to check the composting bins to make sure they aren't being contaminated and that the employees are properly trained. As long as the restaurants compost is clean, they are accepted into the program and enjoy free compost pick-up. This is a real deal for the restaurant because there is no municipal trash service for businesses; diverting all the food waste saves the restaurant a helluva lot of money in trash pickup - hundreds of dollars a month.

    "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

    by La Gitane on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 12:52:35 PM PST

    •  great to hear that, La Gitane (5+ / 0-)

      Restaurants create a huge share of food waste, so if you can get the restaurants on board with a composting program, you've already come a long way.

      While most SF restaurants are composting, there are still too many who either don't have a composting bin at all, or their set up is so poorly marked that people throw the wrong stuff in the wrong bin. That's why education is a huge part of this journey, and we still have a ways to go despite all that's already been accomplished.

      You don’t want to be victimized by your lesser talents. - Gary Snyder

      by citisven on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 02:08:41 PM PST

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