Thou Shalt Compost

Happy Mandatory Composting Day!

Wednesday marks the much anticipated (at least on this blog) debut of San Francisco’s non-elective composting program. All households and businesses must participate in the 3-bin system, one of which is a green cart for food scraps and other organics.

Sarcasm! Photo by tim parkinson via creative commonsThe preparations for this day have been rather feverish, recently, and it seems like the city is ready. The question is: are its citizens?

The legislation provides potential fines for noncompliance to give the program some teeth. Yet, there’s a moratorium on fines until at least July 2011 and even then they’ll be capped at $100 for households.

What do you make of this kind of enforced green behavior? Too heavy-handed and will prompt a backlash? Or necessary to keep the most food out of the landfill?

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