Christmas is over, and unless you got a fake tree with plans on being those people and decorating it for every holiday in 2013, now's the time to get rid of your festive fern. Starting Wednesday, Jan. 2, trash collectors will be picking up your Christmas trees along with the regular curbside garba ... More >>
A report released yesterday claims that the United States throws away billions of dollars of reusable resources every year - $11.4 billion to be exact.Of the total solid waste coming out of our country, more than 40 percent is made up of unnecessary packaging. And most of that packaging that we typi ... More >>
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 >>
Ha! The mother lode.One man's trash is another man's treasure -- and, over the weekend, one man's recycling became another man's swag.A 36-year-old Hispanic man at the corner of Valencia and Mission found himself at the wrong end of a kitchen knife Saturday night. But the blade-wielding assailant ... More >>
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 >>
WikipediaKeep this stuff out of your eyes, folksThis morning, SF Weekly reported on the "white powder" that sickened a dozen workers at the Pier 96 recycling facility and sent one to the hospital. While the term "white powder" evokes the very worst post-9/11 memories, the white powder in question ... More >>
This week's Matt Smith column notes that Sims Metal Management dumps into municipal landfills tens of thousands of tons of waste California Department of Toxic Substances Control scientists say is hazardous. Yet the company somehow received a San Francisco "Green Business Award." The column a ... More >>
Gare and Kitty/FlickrThe makings of a kickass pair of wedgies?If you want another option for your used champagne and wine corks -- beyond using them in bad art projects -- there are fashion-forward options in the works. Cork is one material that's migrating from the recycling bin to the shoe ... More >>
Possibly heading to Nevada is one more thing to be grouchy aboutSan Francisco's current waste management service, Recology -- formerly known as NorCal -- wants to ship the 20,000 tons of garbage we produce per week (not including weekends) on a freight train to a proposed landfill near Winnemucca ... More >>
But the cute bear wants me to buy disposable diapers...Like many of you, I was more than a bit amazed at an article yesterday on SFgate, in which a woman with the Marx Brothers-worthy name of Willow Lune explained her raison d'etre: Pushing a diaper-free lifestyle in which one's children can be t ... More >>
It hasn't gotten quite to this point yet...There's no getting around it -- the notion of a government employee or contractor inspecting one's refuse and approving or disapproving its composition is creepy, regardless of how altruistic the goal of waste reduction. You cannot argue about this. That be ... More >>
Thanks, Ma: Toxic waste from old cars is still hunky dory in California The California Senate's Environmental Quality Committee today unanimously approved a bill that would block environmental officials from preventing 700,000 tons of toxic waste from being dumped into county landfills each year. As ... More >>
Not everything that goes in the trash can is trash. Ask someone who knows...Pulling into the home stretch of Recyclemania, the nationwide recycling competition for colleges and universities, our local institutions appear to be flagging a bit. Ranked 12th and 13th earlier this month, San Francisco St ... More >>
Headed to a landfill near you?It has taken millions of people's jobs and houses. Could the global recession now threaten our health? This theoretical question is at the heart of a regulatory standoff between California toxics police and the automobile recycling industry. State regulators want auto ... More >>
The city's politicos made the enviros happy by banning plastic bags, but left us with more pollution and cost
After saying for decades that treated "shredder waste" from junked cars and old appliances was safe, state regulators now admit it isn't.
The Sanitary Fill Co.
If you're good at pushing a shopping cart - really good - and establish a lucrative route, you too can make minimum wage by heisting bottles, cans, and newspapers from the blue recycling bins. And incur the wrath of the cops in the process.