June 29, 2010
Composting in Public
So I must confess that finding the three-bin system in a public space, untended, still surprised me. I ran across the containers inside Ferry Plaza, on a day it was overflowing with visitors, most of them shopping for food. Not a soul hovering nearby to help the clueless distinguish compost from trash. Could mere signage do the trick? In fact, a peek inside the bins revealed as accurate a sort (it's never perfect, regardless of the setting or the crowd) as I usually see at managed events.
While I always like to see materials handled properly to avoid waste, what pleased me most was the publicness of the set-up. For the thousands of people who visit this site (and others like it throughout the city), and may not even have municipal composting available at home, it sets a great example. Nothing jumps the obstacles placed before a theory (composting smells, attracts bugs, requires too much work, etc) like visiting decision-makers going home and saying, "Well, I saw it working."
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