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Implement a Compost Program

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Re: Implement a Compost Program

Dear Building Manager:

Our organization is striving to be recognized as a Green Business by the City and County of San Francisco. In an effort to achieve this designation, we are implementing several resource conservation and pollution prevention practices required by the program. By participating in this program, we believe that we are doing our part in helping make San Francisco a more sustainable City.

As a tenant in your building, we have limited control over contracts, maintenance schedules and fixtures, which impact our environmental footprint and ultimately, our recognition as a Green Business. We request your help in providing information relevant to our application as well as your support in the improvement of overall building efficiency. We see this as a wonderful opportunity for the building management to save money through reduced utility costs, while being an environmental champion. We understand that the City will provide technical support and financial incentives as needed to help the building management implement necessary practices. Specifically, we request your help with implementing a compost program.

The Green Business Program requires that all recognized green businesses must be a leader in waste diversion and implement a compost program. In San Francisco the compost program is not only for food but also accommodates many paper-based materials, such as paper coffee cups, to-go containers, napkins, and paper towels. Buildings participating in this program are eligible for savings above their normal recycling discount, up to 75% of disposal costs and are on the cutting edge of the commercial property community. The Department of the Environment offers free waste stream analysis, training, and technical assistance for implementing new compost programs (and improving existing recycling or waste programs) and is happy to help your property reduce the amount of material it sends to landfill.

We request that you implement a compost program and do your part to help divert waste from diminishing landfill space. For customized assistance, please contact the Commercial Zero Waste Team at (415) 355-3700. We will contact you next week to follow up on our request.


PS. You can find more information about the SF Green Business Program here: