Big Brother is at it again; the city of San Francisco has instituted a ban on food scraps, and no longer allows its citizens to throw them into the garbage. The city has a plan to eliminate landfill waste by 2020, and this includes mandatory composting.

SF Mandatory Composting Law

San Francisco Food Scrap Fine

This week, San Francisco passed a mandatory composting law which is the strictest ordinance of its kind in the country. San Francisco has never been shy about imposing mandatory regulations on its citizens in the past, and they show no signs of stopping now.

San Francisco’s mandatory composting law, makes it the leader in “environmentally friendly” regulations; it also makes it a perfect example of liberal government run wild. Residents will be required to have three color coded trash cans, one for recyclables, one for trash, and the newest for food scraps that must be composted. From MSNBC:

Waste collectors will not pick through anyone’s garbage, said Robert Reed, a spokesman for Sunset Scavenger Co., which handles the city’s recyclables. If the wrong kind of materials are noticed while a bin is being emptied, workers will leave what Reed called “a love note,” to let customers know they are not with the program.

“We’re not going to lock you up in jail if you don’t compost,” said Nathan Ballard, a spokesman for Mayor Gavin Newsom who proposed the measure that passed Tuesday. “We’re going to make it as easy as possible for San Franciscans to learn how to compost.”

A moratorium on fines will end in 2010; at that time individuals who are repeat offenders will be fined $100, businesses who do not provide the proper containers will be fined $500. The mandatory compost measure was proposed by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.

May not seem like much, but it’s just another example of citizens who are losing their rights and don’t even realize it. That’s how it happens, one little right at a time.

The food scrap ban passed 9-2 on Tuesday and is expected to pass a final vote; at that time Mayor Newsom will sign the mandatory composting law.

Composting Toilet Video Yummy!