On Tuesday, September 29th, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will consider a proposal to send the City’s garbage to a new landfill owned by Recology, the company that already has exclusive rights to waste collection. This is a big problem, because using a Recology landfill creates a profit motive to dump more trash and conflicts with San Francisco’s recycling goals.
Right now San Francsico’s trash is trucked to a landfill in eastern Alameda County. The proposed new landfill is located further away in Solano County, which would mean longer truck trips (400,000 more truck-miles per year!) and an associated increase in air pollution and carbon emissions.
The plan also would skirt an open space mitigation fee that has protected thousands of acres of parkland and important wildlife habitat in the East Bay.
Recology and some City Hall officials are trying to push the new landfill deal through without requiring a full Environmental Impact Report (EIR) that analyses potential alternatives that might have better environmental outcomes.
We all want San Francisco to be a model for the sustainable communities of the future. Where our trash ends up is a big part of that goal. Here’s what you can do:
- Send a message to the Board of Supervisors demanding that they require an EIR on the dirty landfill deal! Tell them that the new landfill would mean more carbon pollution, less money for open space protection, and a disincentive to achieving the city’s zero waste goals!
- Show up Tuesday, September 29th, and tell the Board of Supervisors that we need an EIR on the dirty landfill plan!
WHAT: SF Board of Supervisors meeting
WHEN: Item at 3 pm; show up at 2:45 pm to submit your speaker card
WHERE: Legislative Chamber, Room 250, City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102-4689
Read more about this issue in “New destination for S.F.’s trash would mean more carbon emissions, less open space for Alameda County.”