Join the FACCSF Sustainability Committee for a discussion on how recycling and composting is a simple yet powerful act to fight climate change.

At the last Sustainability Committee event in September, John Wick of the Marin Carbon Project presented in-depth research showing that applying compost to grow grasslands has the potential to sequester tremendous amounts of carbon in the soil.

At the November 15 event, Robert Reed of Recology, the San Francisco-based recycling and composting collection company, will show how cities can turn food scraps, sticks, and leaves – one-third of their trash – into finished compost.

San Francisco pioneered curbside food scrap collection for composting in North America in 1996. The finished compost goes onto local farms and vineyards and helps them grow healthier food and save water.

The success of San Francisco’s curbside composting collection helped inspire a change in state law. Now all 400 cities and 58 counties in California must reduce the amount of compostable material they send to landfill by 75 percent. Now municipalities up and down the state are replicating San Francisco’s green bin program.

Robert is Recology’s spokesman and a strong advocate for curbside composting. His presentation will show:

  • How residents and businesses participate in this program.
  • How Recology turns food scraps into finished compost.
  • How applying compost switches on the lifeweb in topsoil.
  • And the main environmental and economic benefits achieved through this program.

Collin Lilly, of Maxville Winery in St. Helena, will join the conversation to share practical examples of the benefits of compost for vines and wines.

Date : Thursday, December 14, 6-8pm
Location : EPAM Systems, 222 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108
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