San Francisco to rest of U.S.: Step up!: San Francisco's incredibly progressive mayor, Gavin Newsom, has just signed what he calls "the most comprehensive recycling and composting legislation in the country and the first to require residents and businesses to compost food scraps." San Francisco is already keeping 72 percent of recyclable material out of the landfill, sez the mayor (aka Toothsome Newsom), but still half a million tons of garbage each year could have been recycled or turned to compost. The city aims to increase the more than 400 tons of food scraps and other compostable discards it turns into high-grade organic compost every day. (GreenBiz.com) We wish nearby Oakland, which does offer municipal composting, would follow suit.