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  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    San Francisco's Table Scraps Make Healthier Wines

    Allan Henderson via Flickr ... tastes like fine wine ​San Francisco residents may have groaned when the city passed mandatory composting laws in 2009, but now they might be sighing in relaxation as they sip wines grown on soil enriched with their city-mandated table scraps. A record amount of San ... More >>

  • News

    March 30, 2011
  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Trash Thieves: Should We Let 'Em Be or Stomp 'Em Out?

    One man's trash....​We published a piece today about the city's recycling giant, Recology, paying the cops to arrest the city's trash pirates -- those pick-up truck drivers who scavenge for treasure in a recycling bin near you. Some of these so-called thieves prefer the cardboard set out on the si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    HazMat Teams On Scene at Pier 96 Recycling Facility

    ​Update: "White powder" at recycling facility was Ammonium Phosphate, a fertilizer. See more after the jump. Reports are trickling in of workers at Pier 96 -- the city's recycling sorting facility, which is operated by Recology -- being sickened by some manner of "chemical."Televised images reveal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2009

    Economist Compares Recycling Techniques of Impoverished Mumbai, High-Tech San Francisco. Guess Who's Recycling More?

    Joe EskenaziInside "The Pit," where all San Francisco's trash ends upIn a fascinating story in the March 6 edition of the Economist, the lives of a rag-picker (kabari-wallah) in Mumbai and a bulldozer operator at "The Pit" in San Francisco are contrasted -- as are the recycling practices in the thir ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 7, 2009


    The city's politicos made the enviros happy by banning plastic bags, but left us with more pollution and cost

  • News

    March 1, 2006

    A Load of Crap

    Is a new program to produce energy from dog poop a scientific breakthrough or just another zany idea out of San Francisco? Take our quiz and find out!

  • News

    January 21, 1998

    Sutter's Giant Sucking Sound

    Sutter Health, which owns one of California's largest hospital empires, is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charity. Critics wonder why Sutter dispenses so little charity, and vacuums so much profit, from the hospitals it acquires.

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