Oct. 21st, 2009

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I heard a very inspiring story on NPR this morning about the City of San Francisco’s recycling program. They are mandating composting and currently divert 72% of their waste from landfills. I am really curious about composting at home but Curtis is hesitant because he’s worried about the smell. We don’t have a balcony to put a compost bin on so I’m not really sure how to do it. The most inspiring part of the story is that SF has a goal of sending ZERO WASTE to landfills by 2020. Wow—that is incredible! In contrast, I think the City of Seattle has a goal of diverting 75% of their trash by 2025.

The HEE-larious part was the local lead-in to the story. The guy actually said, “San Francisco is following Seattle’s lead as it imposes mandatory recycling laws…” blah blah blah. Um, what? I don’t think so. We mandated recycling first, but not composting, and Seattle is too worried about hurting people’s feelings by taking away their plastic bags and bottles to be a real leader on the sustainable forefront. Okay, so we do better than many cities, but a lot of it is PR and positioning rather than real radical change. I am still pissed about that plastic bag thing.

So anyway: does anyone here compost in their home without an outside space? When we were kids we just had a “slop bucket” under the sink and we dumped all our leftovers in it to feed the pigs. I don’t have a recollection of problems with smells or bugs, but that seems really gross to me now.

Fun fact: there’s a lot of talk about bio-degradable this and that, but did you know that landfills are designed to not allow anything to degrade? So even bio-degradable trash bags and materials might last for decades if they end up in a landfill.

In other news, I managed to lock myself out of the apartment today. I took my house keys off my ring last night to go for a jog (I tie them to my shoelaces) and stupidly forgot to reattach them. Of course I had to do that when my roomie is out of town! I left a voicemail and an email with the manager but have yet to hear back…it might be a long night.

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