[GRRN] SF Environmental Commission Passes Plastic Resolution

From: David Assmann (davidassmann@yahoo.com)
Date: Fri Jul 21 2000 - 12:51:15 EDT

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    The following resolution was passed unanimously by the San Francisco
    Commission on the Environment on Monday

    Resolution No. 011-00-COE July 17, 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 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 2% of the 85 million pounds of plastic used each year in
    San Francisco is currently recycled and the percent of recycled content in
    plastic products is similarly low; and,

    WHEREAS, FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has written letters of
    non-objection regarding plastic packaging that uses recycled content; and

    WHEREAS, Technology exists to incorporate significant recycled content in
    plastic beverage bottles; now, therefore, be it
         
    RESOLVED, That the Commission on the Environment urges the Board of
    Supervisors and the Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco to oppose
    the use of plastic beverage bottles that do not contain at least 25%
    recycled content by the end of the year 2000 and at least 40% by the end of
    the year 2003, and that are not easily recycled or accepted by San
    Francisco's Curbside, Apartment and Small Business Recycling Program; and,
    be it
         
    FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Commission on the Environment urges the Board of
    Supervisors and the Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco to direct
    Purchasing and all other City departments to restrict future contracts with
    beverage companies or vendors that sell plastic beverage bottles to those
    who provide beverages in plastic beverage bottles with at least 25% recycled
    content by the end of the year 2000 and at least 40% recycled content by the
    end of the year 2003 and who provide plastic beverage bottles that are
    easily recyclable in San Franciscošs Curbside, Apartment and Small Business
    Recycling Program; and, be it

    FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Commission on the Environment urges the Board of
    Supervisors and the Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco to direct
    all City departments to provide recycling receptacles for recyclable
    beverage containers where beverages are dispensed and to ensure that these
    containers are recycled.
     
    I hereby certify that this resolution was adopted by the Commission on the
    Environment at its regular meeting on July 17, 2000.

    Sraddha Mehta
    Commission Secretary

    VOTE:

    Ayes: Commissioners Evans, Hayes, Shah, Werbe, Chang, and Bradford-Bell.
    Noes: None.
    Absent: Commissioner Bingham

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