Survey: Should San Franciscans Pay a Price for Not Recycling and Composting?

Survey: Should San Franciscans Pay a Price for Not Recycling and Composting?

leslie
Aug 5, 2008

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A few days ago, San Francisco Mayor Newsom proposed a mandate that would fine residents and businesses up to $1000 and possibly have their garbage service halted if they don't properly separate salvagable recycleables and compostables from their trash. The proposal would call for garbage collectors to inspect the trash to make sure items were being put into the proper bin...

Several municipalities in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Massachusetts, Virginia and New York have decided to take a different approach — rewarding residents with vouchers to local businesses and chain stores based on the amount they recycle. This type of incentive program assumes that people will be motivated by rewards, but will it work in San Francisco? Newsom's mandate takes the pessimistic stance that a punitive law is the best way to get more people recycling. How do you feel?



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