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What most people "consider" garbage is mostly compostable, recyclable or recoverable. Few things, once they are used, are actually waste material. Among such things are broken glass, latex gloves and other complex materials that were not designed to be recycled.
“Waste” is created when materials that are reusable (like old furniture), compostable or recyclable are mixed with non-recyclable materials that contaminate them.
Reducing Food Waste from the Source
We first turned our attention to food waste in 1996 when Recology implemented a food scraps collection program in San Francisco. Still in use today, the green bin program ensures that organic material, such as food scraps and yard trimmings, do not end up in landfills. Many other Recology companies and cities have implemented similar programs, including San Mateo County and San Bruno. You can learn more about the affects of landfilling organics here: US Composting Council - Keeping Organics out of Landfills.
Although we think it's important to recycle food scraps when possible, we think it's just as important to consider ways to reduce food waste altogether.