POLICY DATABASE
San Francisco City & Cty., Cal., Ord. No. 100-9-09 (June 23, 2009)
Brief Summary
The law requires all residents sort their refuse and separate out waste that is recyclable or compostible. It also requires owners and managers of multi-family housing, food vendors, event operators to provide for appropriate waste/recycling/composting collection containers.
Legal Strategies
Requires something, sets standards.
Prohibits/discourages something.
Reach
Community-wide
Food System Category: Surplus/Waste
State: California
Jurisdiction Type: City, County
Jurisdiction Name: San Francisco
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
Yes. Section 1, Par. 1 of findings states: "The City and County of San Francisco has a duty to protect the natural environment, the economy, and the health of its citizens." Section 1, Par. 16 also refers to the law as being part of creating and maintaing "a healthy and viable environment for current and future generations, and will become a model of sustainability.".
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
Yes. Findings include many references to environmental impact of dealing with waste, including studies and reports about how much waste and what types of waste are generated by San Franciscans. Section 1, Par. 1 of findings states: "The City and County of San Francisco has a duty to protect the natural environment, the economy, and the health of its citizens." There are also specific references to food waste: Par. 11 states: "a comprehensive study found that 36% of what San Francisco sends to landfills is compostable (primarily food scraps) .. . . and this breakdown essentially applies to all sectors (residential, commercial and City government)." Section 1, Par. 16 also refers to the law as being part of creating and maintaing "a healthy and viable environment for current and future generations, and will become a model of sustainability.".
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
Yes. Section 1, Par. 1 of findings states: "The City and County of San Francisco has a duty to protect the natural environment, the economy, and the health of its citizens.".
Does the law include findings (including jurisdiction-specific findings), or are there findings in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. Section 1 includes several findings relating to waste generation in San Francisco.
Does the law have a stated intent or purpose, or is there an intent or purpose in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. Sec. 1, Par. 16 sums it up: "In keeping with the Precautionary Principle, codified in Chapter 1 of the Environment Code, this Chapter requires diversion of recyclable or compostable materials from landfill for beneficial use as a deterrent to unsafe and wasteful practices. In this way, the City will create and maintain a healthy, viable environment for current and future generations, and will become a model of sustainability.".
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. See Sec. 1902.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Yes. Director of the Dept of the Environment (Sec. 1908(a); and 1909).
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Yes. Fines (Sec. 1908).
Does the law include an evaluation component, beyond reporting on activity?
No.
Does the law require an extra or atypical financial or resource investment?
No.
Code context and ordinance history
Uncodified ordinance that amended the San Francisco Environment Code by adding Chapter 19, 4 Sections 1901 through 1912; amended the San Francisco Public Works Code by amending Section 173, and amending the San Francisco Health Code by amending Sections 291, 291.1, 291.2, 291.4, 291.7, 291.11, 291.12, 291.15, 291.17, and 293.1, and by repealing current Sections 291.9 and 291.16 and adding a new Section 291.16. Did not check codified laws for updates because multiple code sections were involved.