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your trash talking tuesday tip: Think Diversion

Your Trash Talking Tuesday tip:

Think diversion, aim for zero waste. Currently, San Francisco diverts 80 percent of all discarded materials away from landfill through source reduction, creative reuse, recycling, and composting. San Francisco’s zero waste programs, in partnership with Recology, helped San Francisco become Greenest City in North America in 2011 and by 2020, that goal is 100%.

Government can play a valuable role in achieving zero waste through the infrastructure it provides. But even if your city doesn’t have these programs in place, what can you do?

Reuse rather than dispose, take your own bags to the supermarket, take your own mug or thermos to the coffee shop, use reusable containers rather than sandwich bags for lunch, find a way to give a ‘second’ life to items rather than throwing them away, donate unused items to a good cause and of course, recycle what you can. Compost in your backyard. With a little thought and creativity, you’d be surprised how much you can reduce what you send to landfill.

Consume less.

Waste nothing.

For the full story, check out the following article on SFEnvironment.org

San Francisco Sets North American Record for Recycling & Composting with 80 Percent Diversion Rate | sfenvironment.org – Our Home. Our City. Our Planet.


Your Trash Talking Tuesday Tip: What’s wrong here?

20120809_trash02det by markevnic72
20120809_trash02det, a photo by markevnic72 on Flickr.

Your Trash Talking Tuesday tip:

What’s wrong with this picture? This is the blue recycling bin and it’s for recyclable hard plastics, paper, glass and aluminum cans- NOT PLASTIC BAGS. Plastic film of any kind does NOT go in the Blue Bin. That means no plastic bags, celophane, plastic wrappers, shrink wrap, cling wrap and the like. Bags and film ruin the recycling machines and cost your city up to a million dollars a year in repairs. Take your plastic bags and films to your local grocery store where there are special collection points for bag recycling. Put BAGS where they belong, and recycle them in the right way…
waste nothing.

waste nothing!

Your trash talking tuesday tip: Not on the curb!

20120808_trash01det by markevnic72
20120808_trash01det, a photo by markevnic72 on Flickr.

Don’t leave your trash on the curb. Break down your cardboard boxes and deposit them in the blue cart. Your garbage collector will be glad you did.

Waste nothing.

The Adventures of Recycle Kitty – the Recycling Cat

The Adventures of Recycle Kitty – YouTube.

trash talking tuesdays: use your mug

. . . do you really want to use something only once before throwing it away?

63,000,000. That’s just one estimate of the number of disposable paper coffee cups consumed every day, …and that’s just in America.

Coffee sleeve designed to encourage using a mug and not a paper cup for your coffee

Coffee sleeve designed to encourage using a mug rather than a paper cup for your morning coffee.

We want to divert as much as possible from the landfill via recycling and composting programs. That’s always true. So if you do have your coffee in a paper cup, please do put it in the green or blue bin. Yes, either one. But better yet, avoid generating waste at all. Just bring your own mug.

My client and I created the following design to spread the word on this point, and it was printed on recycled paper coffee sleeves throughout San Francisco, in the spring of 2012. We realized everyone has a favorite mug. . . why not use it? At first we thought there’d be push-back for advertising on the sleeve of the paper coffee cup that you should not use the paper coffee cup, but we received a lot of support from local business owners who frankly, would love to spend less on packaging. They also know first-hand the sheer volume of items that are thrown away.

Have your morning coffee. But consider bringing your own mug or tumbler. Waste nothing.

Did you know paper cups are made from virgin paper content and not recycled content? Did you know that even paper coffee cups are sprayed with plastic? Here’s a Link for more information about how the paper cups are made, and why not using them will benefit the environment.

your trash talking tuesday tip: Great Recycling Moments

San Francisco, what goes in the green bin? what goes in the blue? what goes in the black? and what about orange?

Check out the following website to find out: Great Recycling Moments.

sfenvironment.org: Our City’s Programs: Zero Waste: Composting

One of the things we love about our city, San Francisco, is our reverence for the  environment and the food supply that sustains us.  Check out this link to find out what the city is doing to not only reduce the waste going to landfills but also, to repurpose food waste as the compost that makes our soil among the best in the world. Find out what you can do to help by following this link from sfenvironment.org: our citys programs: Zero Waste: Composting.

Ecstasy — yours to discover in Hayes Valley


"Ecstasy", public art in Hayes Valley at Patricia's Green, SF

"Ecstasy", public art in Hayes Valley at Patricia's Green, SF


I discovered this IMMENSE six ton, 30-foot figurative sculpture while taking a scooter ride from Civic Center through Hayes Valley back to the Castro. Created by Dan Das Mann and Karen Cusolito, her name is “Ecstasy”. . .

“Her name expresses a sudden change of attitude and belief in hope; a moment of being overcome by passionate optimism” -www.blackrockarts.org


Ecstasy, Patricia's Green, SF

Ecstasy, Patricia's Green, SF


Assembled from discarded pieces of scrap metal, this sculpture has a kind of “recycled” life that transcends the composition of her body.

The statement is powerful. I am always moved when someone makes something new from something old, discarded. It’s what I’ve been trying to do in my own garden, too. All it takes is to allow a change in perspective and context. Imagination. And with that, something gains a new life.


'Ecstasy', Patricia's Green, SF

'Ecstasy', Patricia's Green, SF


As inspiring as it is, the sculpture is just a temporary resident of the park. ‘Ecstasy’ is on loan from the Black Rock Arts Foundation through December 31, 2010.

Patricia’s Green, the park that serves as the home for Ecstasy, is relatively new. Not far from the Hayes Valley Farm, this stretch of Octavia, too, was renovated by the city in 2005 with the goal of beautification, and fostering pedestrian traffic and community-building. Thus Patricia’s Green was born. The Green includes not only benches and food carts, flower beds and playgrounds but, early on, the community decided it should be a venue for significant public art, as well. Residents and business work together via the neighborhood Hayes Valley Arts Coalition to curate the art that will serve as a beating ‘heart’ for the neighborhood.


playgrounds and art share the space at Patricia's Green, Hayes Valley, SF

playgrounds and art share the space at Patricia's Green, Hayes Valley, SF


Thank goodness everyone involved saw the street and overpass that used to cut through this neighborhood and envisioned something. . .else. A farm. A park. Art. Not unlike the Hayes Valley Farm mere blocks away, Patricia’s Green, and the arts program that serves it, provide another good example of how neglected public space can be repurposed by transforming what was “broken” (and “deadening”) into something that is its opposite: one that is beautiful, that is functional (and function-ing) and one that brings people together. I love that. San Franciscans are good at doing it!

Find out more by following this link:

Ecstasy — Black Rock Arts Foundation.