The City is on its way toward achieving goals to increase its waste recovery rate, but more attention is needed to increase participation for the commercial sector, according to an audit released today by City Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade.
“There has been success in reducing waste sent to landfills in the residential sector, and residents appear to be adjusting to changes in the collection of garbage, recycling, and organic waste,” Auditor Griffin-Valade said.  “However, the commercial sector generates the vast majority of organic waste, and much of it ends up in landfills,” she said.
The audit recommends that the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) increase the food waste participation rate for the commercial sector (including multifamily housing units), and identify clear incentives for businesses to divert food waste from the landfill.  “We also recommend the Bureau work on identifying and implementing prevention strategies to reduce total waste generated for both the residential and commercial sectors,” Auditor Griffin-Valade said.
Both Mayor Charlie Hales and BPS Director Susan Anderson agreed with the recommendations, and in particular to re-double efforts to work with the commercial sector in recovering more organic waste.  Response letters from the Mayor and BPS Director are included in the report.

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