The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance that makes the city's recycling laws the strictest in the nation. The new ordinance requires all residences and businesses in the city to recycle and to compost using color-coded bins. Those that fail to do so face fines up to $500. Other cities have mandatory recycling, but San Francisco is the first to enact mandatory composting too.
The ordinance won't go into effect until this fall and fines won't be issued until July 2011 so that all customers have time to adapt to the new laws. Once the moratorium on fines is lifted, residential and small business customers will face fines of $100 for failure to recycle and compost, while larger businesses can be fined up to $500. Garbage collectors will put tags on containers that haven't been sorted correctly, but won't go through people's garbage to find violators and warnings will be issued before any fines are levied.
San Francisco already has a 72 percent recycling rate - the nation's highest - but Mayor Gavin Newsome wants the city to be waste-free by 2020. This new law alone could bring their recycling rate up to 90 percent.
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