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).
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.
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.