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Study Shows Sausalito Doing Poorly at Recycling and Compost

Post Date:07/03/2017 10:44 PM
This spring, the Sausalito Sustainability Commission used a grant from the Marin County Hazardous and Solid Waste Management Joint Powers Authority to conduct a waste audit of multifamily properties in our city. The study, conducted by Envirolutions Consulting, revealed that Sausalito has a long way to go to achieve Marin County's goal of zero waste by 2025. The consultants found that roughly 65% of Sausalito's landfill waste could be recycled or composted.

Of the material sampled from garbage bins at apartment buildings with both recycling and green waste bins on-site, nearly 40% of the waste was compostable. That's not surprising, given that many residents are squeamish about sorting and storing their food waste. What was surprising was that 25% of the waste found in garbage bins was recyclable paper, glass, metals, and plastic. 

Although the study focused on apartments, it's safe to say that many single-family homes would show similar results. The Sausalito Sustainability Commission asks that you not only make every effort to separate your paper, cans, plastic, and metal, but that you also take the leap and sort your food waste as well. Our goal is to reuse every resource possible and divert material from landfill.

If you need a compost pail to put under your sink, or one of the curbside green bins, please contact the City of Sausalito's waste hauler, Bay Cities Refuse Service. At various special events this summer and fall, members of the Sustainability Commission will be handing out starter rolls of compostable BioBags to line your compost pail – keep an eye out for us!
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