[The following resolution was passed on November 6, 2000.]

Seal of SF
City and County of San Francisco
Board of Supervisors

Resolution No. 011-00-COE Passed November 6, 2000


[Plastic Beverage Bottles]
URGING THE CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO TO OPPOSE THE USE OF NONRECYCLED CONTENT PLASTIC BEVERAGE BOTTLES IN ORDER TO MEET STATE MANDATE AB939.

WHEREAS, the City and County of San Francisco is committed to protecting public health and the environment to the fullest extent possible; and,

WHEREAS, the City and County of San Francisco does not promote nor intend to promote the use of recycled materials to the extent that adverse health impacts may result; and,

WHEREAS, State Assembly Bill 939 mandates that all cities and counties in California reduce, reuse, recycle or compost 50% of their solid waste by the year 2000 or face fines of $10,000 per day; and,

WHEREAS, The City and County of San Francisco has made great strides in implementing recycling citywide, diverting recyclable materials from area landfills, and educating the public on reducing waste; and,

WHEREAS, Plastics occupied more than 20% of landfill space nationwide in 1992 and now occupy more than 25% ; and,

WHEREAS, Less than 3% of the 79 million pounds of plastic used each year in San Francisco is currently recycled and the percent of recycled content is similarly low; and,

WHEREAS, the passage of State Senate Bill 332 in 1999 is expected to result in increased collection and recycling of post consumer plastic beverage bottles throughout California and the City and County of San Francisco; and,

WHEREAS the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is responsible for the scientific review of health and safety issues relating to use of recycled content in plastic food containers, and has issued letters of non-objection regarding the use of recycled content plastic for food packaging in some instances; and

WHEREAS, emerging technologies have assisted in expanding the use of recycled content in plastic packaging, and additional commitment and research should lead to increased opportunities for use of recycled plastic materials in the future;

WHEREAS, the impact of State Senate Bill 332 notwithstanding, it is the desire of the City and County of San Francisco to increase by even more the recycling of plastic beverage bottles, reuse valuable resources and reduce the dependence of landfill disposal as a means by which to meet the goals as set forth by State Assembly Bill 939; and,

WHEREAS, it is the desire of the City and County of San Francisco to not only expand by resin type the amount of plastic beverage bottles collected in recycling programs, but also to ensure the viability of end use markets for the new resin bottles to be collected; now therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco directs the Solid Waste Management Program to monitor the impact that State Senate Bill 332 has upon the collection, marketing and recycling of all plastic beverage bottles, and make every effort to expand San Francisco's Curbside, Apartment and Small Business Recycling Program to include all plastic beverage bottles; and be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco urges Norcal Waste Systems, Inc. and its companies serving San Francisco to make a good faith effort by working with the Solid Waste Management Program and the plastics industry to secure viable markets for and collect all plastic beverage bottles in San Francisco's Curbside, Apartment and Small Business Recycling Program; and be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco directs the Solid Waste Management Program to set a goal of increasing recycling of plastic beverage bottles with a minimum goal of increasing the recycling of plastic beverage bottles collected in San Francisco's Curbside, Apartment and Small Business Recycling Program by 5% each year for each of the next three years; and be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco direct Purchasing and all other City Departments to restrict future contracts with beverage companies or vendors that sell plastic beverage bottles to include only beverage containers that are accepted for recycling in San Francisco's Curbside, Apartment and Small Business Recycling Program as outlined in the next paragraph; and be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That if San Francisco's Curbside, Apartment and Small Business Recycling Program is not able to incluˠmll plastic beverage bottles in its collection program within one year from the date of enactment of this resolution, the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco directs the Solid Waste Management Program to determine why a particular resin type is not included and evaluate whether to direct Purchasing and all other City Departments to restrict future contracts with beverage companies or vendors that sell plastic beverage bottles made of the resin or resins not included in the recycling program to those who provide beverages in plastic bottles with at least 10% recycled content by the end of the year 2002, and at least 25% recycled content by the end of the year 2003; the evaluation by the Solid Waste Management Program shall include a review of current technology and FDA letters of non-objection; and be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco directs the Solid Waste Management Program to work with the plastics industry and its partners to establish new opportunities for the recycling of plastic beverage bottles in specialized venues, such as stadiums and special events, and be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco direct all City departments to provide recycling receptacles for recyclable beverage containers where beverages are dispensed and to ensure that these containers are recycled.

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