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#WATWB: San Francisco’s Road to ZERO Waste


Zero waste for a city the size of San Francisco might seem impossible, but I admire their determination and the innovative ideas they’ve put in place in hopes of reaching their goal by the year 2020.  Zero waste is not only good for the environment and quality of life, it’s creating clean jobs. This is clearly a team effort. Here’s how they’re doing it:

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Christian, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again. I also paint angels.

37 thoughts on “#WATWB: San Francisco’s Road to ZERO Waste

  1. This is fantastic news! Thanks for sharing, JoAnna!

  2. Great to hear about this. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks for sharing, JoAnna. I love the part about turning our food waste into compost for use by organic farmers.

  4. caring aspirations
    of citizens & govt 🙂

  5. Waste management is a big issue. This is such excellent news.
    Thank you so much! In Darkness, Be Light. Team #WATWB

  6. Hi friend it’s my first month of #WATWB is the only thing missing the Facebook link in post? My dementia is worse during stress and the links gave me problems today. Thanks. I joined because of your site!!!!! We all need more good news. 🙂

    • I’m honored you joined because of my site. And to think I almost didn’t do it a couple of times, but something or someone nudges me. 🙂 I love your post. There are a lot of links and I forget some. You did great. I was able to get to the Facebook page from your #WATWB Sending waves of peace and calm to you, dear M.

      • I’ve had a couple of very rough days with new/old health issues. I’m on the Ferris wheel of health issues. My heart has decided to start acting up again and now it’s worse. God is preparing me for some great things…..I’m not sure when I’ll arrive but he is throwing the road blocks up hard for 13 years! I still look at not giving up my faith as a great lesson. Not that I didn’t get very angry at times. I haven’t read your post yet but look forward to reading. Being apart of the group actually feels good in itself. Hugs

  7. I added the link but it looks very different than yours.

  8. It is such a wonderful goal. I am impressed with the effort. Thanks for sharing this for #WATWB

  9. It would be wonderful if no waste can be achieved. I wish that could become a reality for all places, large and small. All cities and towns need to begin soon to begin a mandatory recycle program. I have heard about some places that have mandatory recycling. In my central Texas town of about 120,000 or so population we have voluntary recycling and I have a huge recycle container that is almost full for the every two weeks pickup. I have lots because of I get things from friends and relatives that do not want to be bothered but they save cans, paper, cardboard, etc. I feel good about helping the environment. But where there are educated and people of means, there is only partial voluntary recycling and that it is not a good thing to see. One would think that these individuals would want to set an example or care about the environment.

    • That is so cool that you also recycle other people’s stuff. You are setting a good example and likely planting seeds for others to do better. I’m proud of you and also the people of San Francisco for deciding to go all out with recycling and their move toward zero waste. I like their idea of making trash collection more expensive for citizens than recycling. We are making progress! Thanks for sharing your experience and ideas!

  10. Great post JoAnna – may their goal be achieved! We can all do our bit …

  11. Thanks for sharing this JoAnna! So refreshing to read positive stories.

  12. Thanks for sharing about recology, it’s a great initiative in today’s time.
    I’m also a zero waste person, & i also put the waste food, shavings, scrapings in compost pit, but it’s at only home level. glad to know about complete city. wish all learn & do it.

  13. It’s a hard task to reduce waste in any city but SF is leading the way. We have to realize we create our own problems and more dangerous problems for future generations. Great story.

  14. This is an excellent initiative/business in San Francisco. Why can’t all major cities across the country make this same effort? Or perhaps some are, but this type of recycling and giving back to the environment is something that all municipalities could envision and put into place. Thanks, JoAnna, for sharing this good news in a #WATWB post.

    • You’re right, Mary. There are a few cities working on this. I’m hoping San Francisco and others on the zero waste path will lead the way. It’s good to be part of #WATWB.

  15. Thanks for sharing this, JoAnna! So encouraging to hear about how much progress San Francisco has made.

  16. Great news! Anything that can cut down on waste is a great thing!

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