December 21, 2008

PSA: Sunset Scavenger's Holiday Collection Schedule

Sunset Scavenger only takes a couple of days off a year, and they're in the next couple of weeks. If your building has collection on Monday, Tuesday or Friday, then collection will be 'normal.' But Thursday and Friday collection will be delayed by one day for Christmas and New year's weeks (normal Thurs pickup will be on Friday, etc).

Christmas tree collection is from January 5-9. "Place clean, unflocked trees next to your carts when you take them to the curb for your regularly scheduled pickup." In other words, don't wait until the end of January to haul your dried-out fire hazard to some corner and dump it. If you really must keep a tree that long take it to the SF Recycling Center yourself.

Some other tidbits from the October-December newsletter:

Prevent needlestick injuries: "Residents with medical conditions requiring the use of hypodermic needles can get free sharps containers at 60 pharmacies in the City." (As we read that, the law doesn't apply to using needles for recreational activities.) At any rate, it's now a state law that all needles and sharps are disposed of properly - protect the sanitation workers. (Duh?) In Noe Valley, Walgreen's is your source for sharps containers.

Why compost if it's all going to break down in landfill anyway? "A chicken bone tossed into a garbage can goes to a landfill, decomposes and produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas. That same bone tossed into a green cart goes to a modern compost facility, and most of the carbon in the bone is preserved in the finished compost and returned to the land..."

Shredded paper - bag it (paper bag, of course) and then label bag as "shredded paper." "Small paper shreds are difficult to sort from other recyclables at the recycling plant... Doing this prevents the shreds from blowing away to become litter."

More complete information is available at

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