San Francisco’s universal composting ordinance goes into effect this Wednesday, but the city’s Department of the Environment is planning to provide multiple written tags, letters and warnings before liens or fines are considered. In fact, according to the sfenvironment website, “After multiple warnings, the collector may refuse to empty the container and leave another tag and send a written notice to the customer identifying the incorrect materials and describing what action must be taken for them to be collected.” And that’s all before a fine, so you’ll know if someone complains about a lien, they really, truly were not composting.

SF Gate quotes Environment Department head Jared Blumenfeld saying, “It’s about a dialogue,” Blumenfeld said. “As we’ve always promised, we are not going to start off fining people. … Really our focus is to make sure tenants have the tools they need to recycle.”

Also, multifamily homes and complexes with multiple tenants are off the hook for fines until at least 2011. To order a green composting cart for your home or property, contact the Environment Department using this form.

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  • bloomsm

    Does this mean Sunset Scav will open every plastic bag in my bin to see if I’ve correctly sorted all my trash? I would imagine that is very time-consuming.

    What about the garbage disposal? If I grind something up (say, carrot peels) can I expect the SF DPW to check my pipes for improper disposal?

    How about pet food? Where does that belong?

    Seriously. Over 7,000 homeless in the City and this is where city government prioritizes its resources.

  • Matt Ghali

    Typically asinine, un-enforcable legislation. They might as well order the moon to turn into blue cheese, as well.

  • Erik

    This seems like the kind of thing where pretty minimal investment of city resources can make the situation better. And I would be willing to bet that the value of the city resources sunk into this wouldn’t make a dent in the homeless problem.

    If you live in San Francisco and can’t figure out how to put your compostable stuff in the green cans by 2011 then you deserve a fine. Pretty much the only garbage from a residence that ought to be permanently entombed in a hole in the ground should be the unrecycleable kinds of plastic.