Is the curbside garbage can headed for the dustbin of history? The city of Palo Alto has launched a pilot project that eliminates curbside garbage bins, using only compost and recycling bins. The aim of the project is to achieve zero landfill waste, a goal San Francisco and other Bay Area cities also hope to reach. We talk about what consumers can do to reduce waste and keep their compostable and recyclable trash out of the landfill.
Paul Toulmin is officially in charge of listener services -- he responds to audience questions and complaints. But inside the KQED building he is better known for his efforts to get staff to sort their trash correctly.