The city of San Francisco recently passed a law requiring composting. The law, passed by a 9-2 margin by the Board of Supervisors, is the strictest such law in the nation. Seattle also requires composting but unlike Seattle, those who do not compost in San Francisco will be fined.
The city will have a moratorium on fines until 2010 and from then on repeat offenders will face fines. Households and small businesses which produce less than one cubic yard of refuse will be fined upwards of $100. However, other businesses will be fined upwards of $500. Trash collectors will not be rummaging through trash, however if some compost is noticed, notices will be left.
Citizens will be required to have a trash bin for recycling, a bin for regular trash and a bin for compost. San Francisco is hoping this new law will aid in the city eliminating all waste in landfills by 2020. Proponents of the law are hoping that composting becomes just as everyday as recycling newspapers has become.