Legislation

SF Environment, the Commission on the Environment, the Board of Supervisors, and the Mayor have all helped adopt policies to promote or require zero waste practices. Below is a list of the City of San Franicisco's zero waste related polices.

Citywide

Resolution Adopting Zero Waste Goal
Adopted goals of 75 percent landfill diversion citywide by 2010 and zero waste.
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Resolution Setting Zero Waste Date
Set the date of 2020 for zero waste goal.
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Mandatory Recycling & Composting Ordinance
Passed by the Board of Supervisors in June of 2009, this ordinance requires everyone in San Francisco to separate recyclables, compostables and landfill -bound trash. Learn more with our simple FAQ.
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Adequate Space for Trash, Recyclable and Compostable Materials
Provides standards for adequate space requirements and chute design for recycling,
composting and trash handling systems.
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Producer Responsibility

Producer Responsibility Resolution
Supports statewide efforts to hold producers responsible for product waste and agencies to include producer responsibility language in city purchasing contracts.
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Producer Responsibility Framework Resolution
Urges State to enact an extended producer responsibility framework.
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Marine Plastic Pollution Producer Responsibility 
Supports a California Statewide producer responsibility program to minimize marine plastic pollution.
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Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance (2007)
Requires the use of compostable plastic, recyclable paper and/or reusable checkout bags by supermarkets and drugstores.
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San Francisco's Extended Bag Reduction Ordinance (2012)
Requires the use of compostable plastic, recyclable paper and/or reusable checkout bags by all retail establishments starting October 1, 1012 and requires these establishments to charge a minimum of ten cents per bag. For more information see our factsheet or FAQs.
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Food Service Waste Reduction Ordinance
Prohibts the use of Styrofoam or polystyrene foam food service ware and requires the use of  food ware that is compostable or recyclable. Learn more with our FAQs.
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Cigarette Litter Abatement Fee Ordinance
Establishes a  fee of $0.20 per pack of cigarettes sold in San Francisco to recover the cost of cigarette litter clean-up from city streets, sidewalks, and other public properties.
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Yellow Pages
Requires Yellow Pages distributors to get the approval, or opt-in agreement of all San Francisco residents before delivering phone book directories. Learn more with our FAQs.
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Construction and Demolition (C&D)

City Government Construction Recycled Content Ordinance
Requires recycled content materials to be used in public works and improvement projects.
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C&D Debris Recovery Ordinance
Requires C&D projects to use city-registered transporters and processing facilities to increase debris recovery.  Learn more about this law with our summary.
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C&D Regulations and Forms 
The regulation adopting the C&D Ordinance.
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Demolition Notice Ordinance
Provides notice of demolition to recycling companies.
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Disaster Debris Recycling Resolution
Policy for City Departments to maximize reuse and recycling of debris in the event of a disaster. 
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Green Building Requirement for City Buildings 
Requires City government construction to manage debris and provide adequate recycling storage space in buildings.
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Bottle Filling Stations
Requires new buildings that have drinking fountains to provide bottle filling stations.
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City Government

Resource Conservation Ordinance
Requires city departments to prevent waste, maximize recycling, buy products with recycled content and appoint a Zero Waste Coordinator to lead these efforts.
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Mayor's Executive Order on Recycling and Resource Conservation
Summarizes existing zero waste legislation, expands on the role of the City's Zero Waste Coordinators and requires defaults on multi function devices to be set to double-sided printing.
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Mayor's Executive Order Enhancing Recycling and Resource Conservation
Requires Departments to purchase 100 percent post-consumer recycled content paper, to reduce paper usage, and to purchase only approved green products.
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Mayor's Executive Order on Bottled Water
Prohibits San Francisco city departments from using public funds to purchase bottled water.
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Bottled Water Ordinance
Restricts the sale or distribution on City property of drinking water in plastic bottles of 21 ounces or less, set City policy to increase the availability of drinking water in public areas, and bar the use of City funds to purchase bottled water.
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Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Ordinance
Requires an environmentally preferable purchasing program for commodities purchased by the City.
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Precautionary Purchasing Regulation
Sets recycled content and other guidelines for commodities regularly purchased by city departments.
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Surplus Disposal Ordinance
Establishes a reuse and recycling hierarchy for redistributing excess city equipment and supplies.
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