City of San Diego losing thousands of dollars in lost revenue due to retail restaurants not recycling customers discarded beverage containers. I called Councilwoman Donna Frye's office today to alert her to the refusal of many restaurants like Panda Express that do not provide separate trash containers for recycling empty soda and water bottles purchased by customers.
Even though the City of San Diego now requires-by-law residents to throw their recyclable containers into blue trash cans so the city can make money from recycled materials, many restaurants are not providing such containers. Customers are simply throwing out empty recyclable plastics in the regular trash containers of these restaurants because no alternative is provided. This is an unacceptable environmental problem and a loss of revenue for the city - revenue the city could use to pay for trash collection services being charged to the taxpayers.
The City of San Diego's Recycling Ordinance was unanimously approved by the City Council on November 13, 2007. The new ordinance requires recycling of plastic and glass bottles and jars, paper, newspaper, metal containers and cardboard at private residences, commercial buildings, and at special events requiring a City permit.
You could help your city garner much needed public funds for services by reporting the restaurants that are not providing recycling bins - and by doing so you will also bring down the amount of plastics being dumped by restaurants in the city landfills.