Posts from the ‘Environmental Movement’ Category

Safeway Recycling Center Eviction Update

by Ed Dunn

Unbelievable.

Not only is Safeway turning its back on recycling, but now the San Francisco Chronicle is too. The Chronicle ran an editorial today against the California Redemption Value law. That, of course, is the law that governs California’s overwhelmingly successful bottle and can deposit program, which has pushed California to a 84% recycling rate.

You already know how important recycling centers are for the environment and that curbside recycling is not enough. You already know that this anti-recycling center campaign is more about property values rather than California Redemption Value.

Please help me spread the word by sending the petition link on to your friends.

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/save-san-francisco-recycling?mailing_id=16437&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=8796558

And contact Safeway :

Safeway Corporate Headquarters
5918 Stoneridge Mall Road
Pleasanton, CA 94588
925-467-3000

TAKE ACTION!
Send an aluminum can to the Chronicle.  Just flatten it,  put into an envelope with a first class stamp and address it to :

San Francisco Chronicle
901 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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Domino Theory Proven

Domino Theory Proven by Ed Dunn

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The fall of HANC Recycling has lead to a series of recycling center closures across the City.  Up until last year, San Franciscans enjoyed access to twenty recycling locations dispersed fairly evenly across town.  This was by no means accidental, because the California Bottle Bill requires that recycling centers be located near large supermarkets, which are also dispersed fairly evenly across town.

 

But after HANC closed, three other recycling locations were illegally shut down, and a fourth is faced with imminent eviction.  The Nexcycle operation  at the Fulton and Masonic Lucky’s; the Webster and Geary Safeway recycling center which was operated by Replanet; as well as a Nexcycle reverse vending machine at the Marina Safeway have all been closed.  Safeway has sent San Francisco Community Recyclers (SFCR), which is the operator of the recycling center at Church and Market, an eviction notice effective October 4th.

 

This wave of evictions comes as no surprise.  In the course of the HANC eviction campaign, sunshined City Hall documents, along with with statements by key City Hall staff, have made it clear that a sea change has occurred inside the Gold Dome with regard to recycling policy.  Rather than supporting a convenient dispersed network of recycling centers as it had for the last thirty years, our city government is now actively trying to shut it down.  In a stunning example of Orwellian Doublespeak, the elected official most closely associated with this eviction campaign, Scott Wiener, claims to be seeking the creation of a dispersed network of recycling centers, while actually working to shut them down.

 

I think it’s worth quoting him here at length. This is from a written statement to the press, so he is not misquoted,

 

Recently, Safeway served a 30 day notice to vacate on the recycling center at Market/Buchanan. Safeway previously served a notice on the recycling center at Webster/Geary, and that center closed its doors before the notice expired. Although I’m sure there will be some controversy around the closure, I’m very supportive of it and made that clear to Safeway. In fact, I’ve been asking Safeway to consider alternatives to the recycling center on Market Street since I took office. With the advent of curb-side recycling, we can offer recycling redemption that is less impactful [sic] to surrounding

To sign the petition to save recycling centers in SF at moveon.org  click the below.

SIGN THE PETITION

London Breed and Scott Weiner in person March 14th

by HANC board member Calvin Welch

HANC’s March general meeting will be divided into three parts.

First will be a question and answer session with newly elected District 5 Supervisor London Breed.  Sup. Bree is slated to open the 7pm meeting with an opening statement and then be available for questions and answers from our members and the public.

Next, will be a presentation by Ms. Jane Camblin, head of the French American International School at 150 Oak which plans to open a pre-k and kindergarten program at the old SFUSD site at 1155 Page Street.

Finally, the meeting will end with a discussion of the proposal by Sup. Wiener to amend the local version of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and a vote on the HANC Board’s recommendation to oppose the legislation.

Again, a full night of conversation and discussion on subjects covered nowhere else.  Bring your friends to what will be an informative meeting: 7pm Park Branch Library, 1833 Page Street.

The meeting flier is below!

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Happy New Year to all the Packrats out there-You were right!

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There is no telling what the future will bring but it is sure it will include a bit of the past.  Check out all the old calendars you packrats can pull out and reuse for 2013!  

Congratulations-you were right to recycle all these years!    

 

Things that happened in previous 2013 years:

2002: The Department of Homeland Security is formed.

1991: Rodney King is videotaped being beaten by LA cops.

1985: Two earthquakes over 8.0 on the richter scale hit Mexico City and Chile.  Japan celebrates 40 years after Hiroshima.

1974: Nixon resigns.  A rash of tornados hits the midwest.

1963: JFK is assassinated.  MLK Jr. delivers his “I Have A Dream” Speech.  ZIP codes are introduced in the USA.

1957: Allen Ginsberg’s HOWL is confiscated by US officials fro Obscenity after being printed in Britain.  The Mackinac Bridge (the longest Suspension bridge at the time) opens in Michigan.

1946: 800 Indigenous Australian Workers walk off the job to start one of Australia’s longest labor strikes.   The head of the Gestapo poisons himself before being executed along with other war criminals in Nuremberg.  The Flamingo Hotel opens on the Vegas Strip.

1935: The Dust Bowl hits hard and the New Deal creates the Works Progress Administration in the US while Hitler makes moves against the Treaty of Versailles, and the first TV program in the world is broadcast straight from Germany.

1929: Stock Market Crash – October 28

1918: Tarzan of the Apes was released.

Buyback Recycling Ends at HANC, along with an Era of Progressive Thinking

 

Saturday, December 29th was the last day to get your deposit back on bottles and cans at 780 Frederick Street.  Today, the center is open from 12-4 for donated recycling and community gathering.  We are working on a plan to relocate as many willing gardeners to new locations in San Francisco and donate the remaining resources to other urban agriculture projects.

The video documents some of the last ever buyback recyclers at the center including myself.  We were able to collect a wide variety of stories from people who came by, a few are in today’s video and others will turn up later in the documentary, 780 Frederick.

It seemed to be therapeutic to have the camera there.  Ed Dunn, Executive Director of HANC, dubbed it the “video shrink”.  Maybe it was helpful to talk about the loss we were all experiencing amidst the chaos of breaking down over thirty years worth of environmentally based community programs.  It felt historic and certainly it signaled the end of very definite progressive era in San Francisco.

Come say hello, come say goodbye, bring your last bits of cardboard, foil, plastic, paper, and glass.  We will be there documenting it all, sharing our stories, our sadness and our plans for the future.  See you there.

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Jake Sigg of Nature News,a well renowned environmentalist, had these recent words to say about HANC’s work:

I have been emotionally divided about this issue all along.  I can’t deny that the recycle center is a non-conforming use of Golden Gate Park.  However, I feel a fierce loyalty to HANC for all its pioneering work and community service.  If there were such a thing as a city that knows how (all cities verge on dysfunction now) the City would find a way to accommodate and reward HANC for all it has done for us.  But that would require leadership.
 
HANC made a preemptive strike and converted the center to a community garden, and it is functioning beautifully now.  RecPark plans to rip up the asphalt, and all the raised garden beds, plants and all.  As a conservative I hate to see this:  All those beautiful, functioning garden beds, the materials (soil and wood), and last but not least–people’s (including HANC’s) emotional investment–these are all things to be respected and treasured.

Last days for HANC recycling and Kezar Gardens

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Friends, Supporters and Opponents of HANC recycling center:

Tomorrow, DEC 29, 2012, will be the LAST DAY of BUYBACK RECYCLING at 780 Frederick Street

Sunday, DEC 30, 2012, will be the LAST DAY of ALL RECYCLING at 780 Frederick Street

We expect the SHERIFF sometime next week.

Thank you all who did support and participate in this generations long community effort.  It was one that hacked away the thick brush of politics and created a definable path towards more awareness, environmentalism and equality in the city of San Francisco.  It will be very missed-we know not yet how much.  Bring by your last load of recycling this weekend and take part in something on the brink of history.  We will be collecting your recycling and your stories for the next few days in the yard at 780 Frederick.  Please come by!  We hope to document all the last nomads that find their way through our space before we have to move on.

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We also really hope to find homes for at least some of the community gardens and respective gardeners.  If you can host a gardener and their plants at your garden, please let us know!  Email hancrecycling@gmail.com and we will coordinate.  It would be a huge success to find at least 10 gardens and gardeners who do not have outdoor space at home a place to continue growing.

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SF Mayor Held Hostage by Latte Liberals

NIMBY politics force Green Workers into unemployment, leaving Ma and Pa shops to take back their own trash

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Anything that’s good for the environment is bad for Ted Loewenberg and his local neighborhood association.  In addition to levying an appeal against new bike lanes in SF and working to remove benches in Golden Gate Park, Loewenberg now aims to stop people from recycling and gardening in San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury neighborhood.  With the Recreation and Park Department and a handful of Latte Liberals on his side, the group is intent on dismantling California redemption at the expense of Bay Area small businesses and firing vulnerable green workers right before Christmas.

Loewenberg claims only homeless people use what is known as the oldest recycling center in the city of San Francisco.  He believes removing the recycling center will eradicate homelessness in the area.

The center paints a different picture, entirely.  They say only a small part of their customer base identifies themselves as homeless.  Most of the customers are Chinese and a good portion arrive at the center in cars.  Moreover, the center hosts a San Francisco specific native plant nursery started ten years ago and a 51 plot community garden.  Supporters of the center call it an ecological space and have sent 1000’s of postcards, letters and emails to stop the eviction from taking place.

Moreover, San Francisco is notoriously under-served by recycling centers.  This center serves two large grocery stores in the area including a Whole Foods as well as dozens of small businesses nearby.  If the center is shut down, the grocery markets are required by law to provide in store recycling, this includes every little Ma and Pa shop in the area.  Though the battle for eviction has gone on for years, there have been no provisions made for recycling once this center is shut down.

On December 10th there will be an emergency hearing to discuss the fates of hundreds of small businesses in SF who will be forced to pay fines if they don’t comply with state recycling mandates.

Once again a handful of Latte Liberals with NIMBY agendas hold effective policies and state law hostage for personal gain.  A clear majority of San Franciscans see the recycling center as an asset to the community and to “zero waste” as pointed out in the attached video.

SF Mayor Ed Lee now must decide whether to stand up for small businesses and the law or cave in to the Latte Liberals.