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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Virginal Green Composting Bins Dot San Francisco

Posted By on Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 6:30 AM

click to enlarge 'That new composting bin smell...' - JOE ESKENAZI
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  • 'That new composting bin smell...'
With yesterday being day one of San Francisco's mandatory composting era, the city was speckled with verdant, virginal green composting bins, all of which had that new composting bin smell. This is as clean as they will ever be; they will never be more camera-ready.

Meanwhile, the filthy, bedraggled veteran green bins stood as stark reminders of what is to come for these new recruits. Ask not for whom the bell tolls, greenie. It tolls for thee.

In fact, the martial allegories are hard to dismiss. Now that San Francisco has, in essence, declared war on composting, a vast army of conscript green bins have been pressed into action alongside the longtime "volunteers." One imagines that the battle-scarred volunteers resent the new conscripts -- who, in addition to being shiny and clean, come equipped with newfangled reinforcements:

click to enlarge Wow! Kitchen bins! - JOE ESKENAZI
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  • Wow! Kitchen bins!

Of course, all the youth and prestige in the world won't stave off the filth or the marauders:

click to enlarge A veteran - JOE ESKENAZI
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  • A veteran

It's a dirty job. But someone has to do it.

click to enlarge The new bin smell is long gone - JOE ESKENAZI
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  • The new bin smell is long gone


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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.

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