Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Public Hearing Regarding the Adoption of Regulations for the Refuse Separation Ordinance - June 13, 2019; Written Comments Due by June 12th

UPDATE - June 4, 2019

Click here for an announcement for regulations drafted by the Department of the Environment to address adequate capacity of zero waste facilitators in the Refuse Separation Ordinance (RSO).

Written comments are due June 12th at 5:00 p.m. to RSOCompliance@sfgov.org, and there will be a public hearing on these regulations on June 13th at 10:00 a.m. at Room 412 at San Francisco's City Hall.

The Refuse Separation Ordinance was signed by Mayor London Breed on December 21, 2018 and is effective on July 1, 2019. The RSO amends Environment Code Chapter 19 (Mandatory Recycling and Composting Ordinance No.100-09). The Director of the Department of the Environment promulgates these regulations pursuant to the Director’s authority to adopt forms, regulations and guidelines under the Environment Code Section 1909(a) to implement that Chapter. Any section numbers in these regulations refer to Environment Code Chapter 19.

UPDATE - April 10, 2019

A law was enacted recently that affects large refuse generators (LRGs) in San Francisco. LRGs are those that have a roll-off compactor or at least 40 cubic yards of uncompacted refuse (recyclables, compostables, and trash) per week. When any type of compactor is used, the volume of compacted refuse shall be multiplied times three to determine actual volume collected.

The measure mandates that LRGs will be subject to visual inspection audits of their refuse not less than every three years. The Director of the Department of Environment would issue to those large refuse generators found non-compliant a notice and order to comply with the Mandatory Recycling and Composting Ordinance (details below).

This ordinance will also require such non-compliant LRGs to appoint or otherwise engage staff or contractors whose exclusive function is to serve as zero waste facilitators, for a minimum of 24 consecutive months, upon receiving a Director’s notice and order. A zero waste facilitator is a person serving exclusively in the capacity to manage refuse material sorting and movement. After 24 consecutive months of compliance with the Director’s notice and order, a large refuse generator would be subject to a follow-up audit.

Most BOMA San Francisco members are considered LRGs and should review the ordinance thoroughly. Imperative and helpful information is available via our partners at the Department of the Environment and Recology

Questions, please reach out to johnb@boma.com


BOMA San Francisco Members:

UPDATE - April 6, 2011

Please click here to review the final Commercial Office Building Recycling and Composting Program Guidelines.  Also please click here to review the Commercial Office Building Compliance Toolkit.


Original Post - June 11, 2010

As we have posted on the blog previously, San Francisco now has a city-wide mandatory recycling and composting requirement. There are five mandatory areas that property managers need to address in the ordinance:
  • Sign-up and pay for adequate recycling, composting and trash service.
  • Have the appropriate number, color and size containers placed close together in convenient locations at your site.
  • Educate and train tenants and employees on the program.
  • Work with the hired janitorial staff or contractors to create an effective program.
  • Make sure your building is participating in separating materials.
There could be fines for buildings that do not provide an adequate program (#1-4 above), but there will not be fines for buildings that do not properly separate all materials until at least July 1, 2011.

Please click here to review the ordinance and here for FAQs.  Contact the San Francisco Department of the Environment at (415) 355-3768 if you need assistance in starting a recycling and composting program to comply with the new law.

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