Target: Jared Blumenfeld, Environmental Protective Agency regional administrator of the Pacific Southwest
Goal: Praise San Francisco’s progress so far in transforming itself into a zero waste city
By 2020, San Francisco plans to become a zero waste city, ridding itself of landfills and incinerators, two main polluters of the environment that contribute to climate change. The city’s goals include “composting food waste, compulsory debris recycling, no more plastic bags, mandatory recycling and composting for everyone, [and] banning plastic water bottles.”
The first goal to compost food waste is tackled with cooperation from hotels, the primary source of waste in the city, with a simple yet effective system of separate bins for recyclable and compostable items. The second goal involves at least two thirds of the city’s construction materials to be recycled and to build solely with recycled materials for public projects. San Francisco reinforces its third goal by requiring that stores charge for plastic bags, and for its fourth goal, requiring that residents sort their garbage; otherwise, they will receive a fine. For San Francisco’s final goal, it will enhance its resolution this year as the first city in the United States to ban small plastic water bottles on public property by making other accommodations. Water fountains will be installed and compostable cups will be available for the community as well.
So far, San Francisco has made the greatest strides of any city in the United States that has declared its desire for zero waste. In 2010, San Francisco had achieved 75% of its goal. At this point, the only way San Francisco would be unable to reach its goal would be if the city were to take in unrecyclable materials.
Please congratulate San Francisco for its efforts to reduce waste and encourage other cities to do the same.
Dear Mr. Jared Blumenfeld,
I am writing to express my appreciation for your collaborative efforts to reduce waste in the city of San Francisco. Hopefully, San Francisco may serve as a beacon for the rest of the cities in the United States.
With more people in the United States moving to cities, it is imperative to create a clean community starting with each individual. And with the growing threat of climate change, steps to reduce our carbon footprint must quicken.
Thank you so much for setting a goal in a realistic, simple way that can help serve the city and eventually the country and ultimately the world.
[Your Name Here]
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