garbage.jpgAs of right now, San Francisco trash is picked up and dropped off at a site in Livermore (about 45 miles, or a 90 minute drive away). The current contract is set to expire by 2015, so the Department of Environment is evaluating a couple of competitive proposals. The current favorite would have San Francisco’s trash sent to Oakland to only be picked up again and then dropped off in Wheatland, an additional 130 miles away.

Environmental officials of SF are trying to come up with a reasonable compromise by proposing Yuba County as the new drop off point for SF’s trash.

According to business leaders, this deal will help generate $22 million (over 10 years) in necessary funds for the county of Yuba (currently the fourth poorest city in the state).

However, those opposed to the proposed deal argue that the landfill will destroy the farmland and water sources surrounding the area. Should the deal not go as planned, this could pose even more dangerous threats to the health and well-being of the residents of Yuba County.

Negotiations are still underway, but additional details should be out later this month. As far as changes to costs for San Franciscans, there will probably be a rate increase in trash pickup. But deputy director of the environment department David Assmann puts it, “rates are bound to change when a city negotiates a contract that is 27 years old”.

Alternatively, some companies are striving to reduce our amount of waste. One such company in the Backlands is finding ways to turn waste into fuel. Darling International on Amador Street (in the Backlands area of San Francisco, “a 23-acre industrial park operated by the Port of San Francisco along The City’s southeastern shoreline”) takes in fleets of cooking oil, animal remains, and other byproducts six days a week.

Waste is melted down and through a rendering process a high-quality tallow is produced that is used to create soap and cosmetics. Alternatively, biodiesel is produced from the waste as well, and is used by rail operators and other Bay Area customers that burn diesel. A proposal is currently underway to generate further demand for the alternative fuel produced by the company. (Opponents of the proposal argue that biodiesel increases smog pollution, which in turn is bad for everyone’s health.)

Unfortunately, until we can develop a way to live off of resources that are completely recyclable and reusable, landfills are a necessary evil. (worthy reading: Cradle to Cradle)

According to SF Gate, San Francisco generates 5,600 tons of waste each day, 20 percent of which isn’t recycled or composted and could go to the Ostrom Road landfill. That number could decrease, though, as San Francisco continues to cut the amount of garbage that is sent to the dump, Assmann said. The goal is to have zero waste by 2020.

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  • GreenPowerInc

    We can do all the Waste you normally Landfill and make High Quality Fuel from it, cheaper, Better, Cleaner! And we have it full size already built right now!
    We at Green Power Inc for now over 2 Years built and operate a Full Scale System converting all forms of Waste which have Hydro Carbons in it, so nearly everything you throw away with the exception of Metal, Glass and stones into High Quality Fossil Free Fuels. The Fuel can be straight filed into cars and engines, Airplanes etc. no modifications needed. Green Power Inc. (GPI) produces a process module for the direct conversion of Municipal Solid Waste into liquid Fossil Free Fuels®. GPI accomplishes this with Catalytic Depolymerization in their patented process module. GPI’s 100 ton facility produces #2 Diesel Fuel (ASTM D975), Kerosene (jet fuel), and #4 Fuel Oil (ASTM D396) all without harmful by-products. Our process also allows our customers to produce a surplus of electricity. With proof of the technology in the the full scale R&D plant in Pasco, WA; GPI is contracted to supply modules for companies worldwide. Simply said, GPI is turning waste to fuel, and it is a future for our world!
    Other Countries are contracting with us, but in US we are still not allowed to operate full time and are asked to move manufacturing overseas, we don’t want to but the local Government actions may force us to do so, so we would lose here in US cheap local Fuel out of waste and the Jobs as well. It feels very bad as we did not take any Government funding to build our system. Our system is ready at full scale and can be implemented anywhere in the world it can give countries fuel and energy independence out of local resources at a much lower price than regular fuel on the Market.
    •We have the solution we believe check us out at http://www.facebook.com/greenpowerinc or on our website http://www.cleanenergyprojects.com.
    We did it without Government help and we have it working to prove our claim, on full scale not just lab scale ideas. Why spend Billions of Government funding to develop something when we already have it.
    Your Green Power Inc Team
    And Garbage we have all over the world enough to do it!

  • GreenPowerInc

    We can do all the Waste you normally Landfill and make High Quality Fuel from it, cheaper, Better, Cleaner! And we have it full size already built right now!
    We at Green Power Inc for now over 2 Years built and operate a Full Scale System converting all forms of Waste which have Hydro Carbons in it, so nearly everything you throw away with the exception of Metal, Glass and stones into High Quality Fossil Free Fuels. The Fuel can be straight filed into cars and engines, Airplanes etc. no modifications needed. Green Power Inc. (GPI) produces a process module for the direct conversion of Municipal Solid Waste into liquid Fossil Free Fuels®. GPI accomplishes this with Catalytic Depolymerization in their patented process module. GPI’s 100 ton facility produces #2 Diesel Fuel (ASTM D975), Kerosene (jet fuel), and #4 Fuel Oil (ASTM D396) all without harmful by-products. Our process also allows our customers to produce a surplus of electricity. With proof of the technology in the the full scale R&D plant in Pasco, WA; GPI is contracted to supply modules for companies worldwide. Simply said, GPI is turning waste to fuel, and it is a future for our world!
    Other Countries are contracting with us, but in US we are still not allowed to operate full time and are asked to move manufacturing overseas, we don’t want to but the local Government actions may force us to do so, so we would lose here in US cheap local Fuel out of waste and the Jobs as well. It feels very bad as we did not take any Government funding to build our system. Our system is ready at full scale and can be implemented anywhere in the world it can give countries fuel and energy independence out of local resources at a much lower price than regular fuel on the Market.
    •We have the solution we believe check us out at http://www.facebook.com/greenpowerinc or on our website http://www.cleanenergyprojects.com.
    We did it without Government help and we have it working to prove our claim, on full scale not just lab scale ideas. Why spend Billions of Government funding to develop something when we already have it.
    Your Green Power Inc Team
    And Garbage we have all over the world enough to do it!

  • lilly

    This article is missing a few points:

    1. The material going to the landfill is not organic so nothing will be leaking.
    2. This landfill will have liners which protect underground aquifers if there are any.

  • lilly

    This article is missing a few points:

    1. The material going to the landfill is not organic so nothing will be leaking.
    2. This landfill will have liners which protect underground aquifers if there are any.