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(a) City departments shall ensure that adequate, accessible, and convenient recycling, composting and trash areas are provided within City-owned facilities and leaseholds, and that all contract documents for construction activities contain this requirement. In accordance with the City and County of San Francisco’s solid-waste diversion goals, and the Mandatory Recycling and Composting Ordinance (Chapter 19 of the Environment Code), the departments shall provide sufficient space to allow the collection, storage and loading of 100% of the facility’s recyclable, compostable and trash materials. That space must be sufficient to accommodate containers consistent with both current methods and goals of refuse collection, storage and loading, and with projected needs when full zero waste goals are met.
(1) All areas designated for the collection, storage and loading of recyclable, compostable and trash materials shall be integrated into the design and construction of the project. The departments shall ensure that areas for collection, storage and loading of recyclable and compostable materials are at least as convenient and usable as spaces provided for non-recyclable waste disposal, and located in the same areas whenever possible. When separate locations must be provided due to space constraints, the locations for collection, storage and loading of recyclable and compostable materials shall be at least as convenient as non-recyclable trash disposal locations.
(2) All areas designated for the collection, storage and loading of recyclable, compostable and trash materials shall allow for easy access to the containers by collection vehicles.
(3) Each interior space shall include adequate area designed and designated for collection and storage of recyclable, compostable and trash materials.
(4) Any chute system for solid-waste disposal shall be designed for equal convenience to all users to separate the three refuse streams of trash, recycling and compostable materials.
(b) Surplus Furniture, Equipment, Computers and Supplies. The Virtual Warehouse Program facilitates the reuse, recycling, and disposal of surplus City materials. To the extent permitted by law, all surplus furniture, equipment, computers and supplies purchased with San Francisco City and County funds shall be turned in to the Virtual Warehouse. Before buying any new furniture, equipment or supplies, City employees shall check the Virtual Warehouse for available products that meet their needs.
(c) City departments are required to recycle used fluorescent and other mercury containing lamps, batteries, and universal waste as defined by California Code of Regulations Section 66261.9.