San Francisco has been on a mission to reduce to zero the amount of waste it sends to landfills. And the city has been fighting an ongoing—maybe impossible—battle to make that goal a reality.
Politico points out that San Francisco is far from achieving the goal it set 16 years ago when it pledged it would achieve zero waste and no longer need landfills by 2020. However, according to the report, although the city is struggling to meet the ambitious goal it set, San Francisco’s commitment to recycling has not wavered. The city actually diverts more of the 900,000 tons of discarded material it collects each year for reuse than it sends to landfill.