No flies on S.F.'s new composting law | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


No flies on S.F.'s new composting law

Starting Oct. 21, every home and business in the city must have three separate color-coded bins for waste: black for trash, blue for recycling - and now green for composting. Failure to sort trash initially will result in several warnings, but ultimately could lead to fines of up to $1,000 in egregious cases.

The city's requirement - first of its kind in the nation - is part of a larger plan to have San Franciscans sending nothing to landfills or incinerators by 2020. City officials say the city currently diverts 72 percent of its waste.

San Franciscans' food scraps are trucked by the company Recology to Vacaville, where they're processed for 90 days. Then, the scraps are sold to farms, vineyards and golf courses around the region.

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