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June 11, 2008


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Christine Gardner

In response to Francesca's question about the sinkerator (or disposal) below, my take on it is that while our municipal water treatment systems in most U.S. cities are pretty capable of dealing with our food refuse, there is still an output of this food that needs to find a home. This output, or sludge, as I've heard it referred to, is slathered on our golf courses, non-organic growing fields etc. as fertilizer. So while it is not a "pure" compost solution, it is probably a lesser evil than ending up in our daily trash receptacles, especially in urban environments where limited compost options exist.

And as for the next question about living in a municipality that does not currently offer compost management, perhaps the steps are a) try to put most food products in the disposal; b) reach out to your waste collector and City leaders to express your interest in having these services provided and encourage your friends to do so as well and c) if you are really ready to get serious, look into a worm bin for your yard.

There are many innovative and manageable personal composting systems available today and if it might make sense for your garden/green space, perhaps it's something to consider.

Don't feel overwhelmed. Feel more informed and help your community step forward to offer these crucial services. Again, I feel strongly that if we get a handle on our garbage, it will be a massive win for our nation in both the short- and long-terms.

As reference, I just returned home from a week in Chicago where I met a lot of green moms who are trying so hard to implement these great programs in their homes, schools, businesses and communities. But I was astounded to learn that if they want to recycle, they have to personally drive their collected materials themselves to the facility each week. They don't have 32-gallon blue containers in their driveways or apartment garages like we do in San Francisco.

So I realize we are at the cutting edge of these services. Don't give up. Every can counts!

Jessica Stafford

I was very intrigued by your post on composting. But was very disappointed to learn that Allied Waste in my area (San Carlos) does not offer composting at this time. I sent them an e-mail to inquire, and they sent me back the following e-mail.
"Thank you for your interest in food composting. Unfortunately, we currently do not offer this service to our residential customers. I assure you we are working on new services to offer our customers and will provide your feedback to our management team. Look for new programs soon!"

As a side note Allied Waste offers food composting to commercial/business sites but not residential which is odd to me.

I searched for alternatives and really only found links to doing the composting on my own. I guess I feel overwhelmed by this at this time and was wondering if you had any suggestions?


Francesca (again)

Does it count if you put the food in the sinkerator instead of the compost? Is it any better than throwing it in the trash or is it just polluting the water system in the same way?

Lisa Labon

Here is a link to photos from our tour of the SF NorCal Waste Facility. It was a real eye-opener!


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