Posts from the ‘Recycling Center’ 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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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

HANC makes a peaceful exit – SF Rec & Park Dept builds new “community” with violence and force

On January 4th at daybreak, Sheriff’s Deputies descended on 780 Frederick Street to evict HANC.  They found HANC had already been cleared out for a day.  What remained were 50 garden beds, a greenhouse, and supporters who spent the night as a statement against the controversial eviction.  Sheriffs handled things with compassion and pragmatism, giving supporters time to leave and offering many ears to listen to their woes.  It was a sad but proud moment, no arrests were made, no violence took place.

On January 7th, Rec and Park began to take control of the space.  They feebly offered twenty minutes to supporters to remove their greenhouse, then locked them out.  Afraid of the greenhouse being destroyed, some folks ventured back on scene to remove organic and native plants and protect the greenhouse from destruction.  It was not dark.  Park Rangers had the authority and ability to ticket the individuals as is customary in these situations.   Instead, SFPD was immediately called to the scene to take the people down with force and violence.  Captain Corrales of Park Police station came down himself and was the first officer to initiate violence by lunging at a man harvesting plants.  He proceeded to direct his men to break glass, tear apart the greenhouse and drag out the peaceful house sitters to be arrested.

HANC makes a peaceful end to decades long public service and Rec Park takes a violent approach in starting their community garden.

Stay tuned for more this week as we continue to document the way Rec and Park chooses to build community in Golden Gate Park.

For more coverage of the eviction see Carolyn Tyler’s story on ABC 7 by clicking the link below.  She was the only mass media outlet who showed up on the ground to cover this very important story.

http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/san_francisco&id=8946995

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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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Local Leader plans to Cure Homeless by Killing Recycling

Homelessness is a nationwide social issue that many great minds have not yet been able to resolve.   To hold the belief that evicting a state mandated recycling center will in any way, CURE, HELP or add to the HEALTH and SAFETY of our citizens, homeless or otherwise, is extremely disturbing.  The VA estimates over 1500 Vets suffer from chronic homelessness in SF on any given night.  There is a severe crisis amongst homeless Vets in SF, across the state and the nation.  I am very sad when I hear our Recreation and Park General Manager say that his answer to this complicated and serious problem is to remove a resource that may possibly serve them by providing a return on bottles and cans as per the California Bottle Bill Law.

It’s just so disheartening to learn that he would rather  scorch the earth from which they may glean than to help them in any way.  In my many jaunts with local recyclers, homeless and not, I have learned and witnessed that even a hard day’s work on foot, and by hand, can only bring in a few (like 7-10) bucks a day.

The VA has taken surveys of homeless Vets in SF and their most expressed needs were:

detoxification treatment (10 percent)

treatment for emotional and psychiatric problems (8 percent)

treatment for dual diagnosis (10 percent)

education (17 percent)

job training (10 percent)

help with SSI/SSD processing (23 percent)

help with VA/disability pension problems (23 percent)

emergency shelter (11 percent)

half-way house or transitional housing (23 percent)

permanent housing (66 percent)

“The 10 year plan to Abolish Chronic Homelessness” written by former SF Board of Supervisors President, Angela Alioto, in 2004 can be found here:  http://www.sfgov3.org/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=2450

This plan, still in effect today, refers to solving chronic homeless issues by committing to an inter-departmental approach and compassionate responses that meet the needs of those that are chronically homeless.  It also does not recommend removing homeless unless they have a place to go or shelter in place.  By no means, does it recommend or refer to the closure of a recycling center in order to address the problems we face when dealing with San Francisco’s chronically homeless.  It is quite unfortunate that the Recreation and Park Department chooses to resolve homelessness in a unilateral fashion that has no basis in the overwhelming number of recommendations that have been made to address the issue.

Carolyn Tyler recently covered the recycling center eviction for ABC7 news.  She also did a story this summer about a new plan to help homeless Vets in the city.  President Barack Obama authorized funds to find 50 homeless vets homes in 100 days.  The 100 days have long been over-did they actually help 50 Vets get shelter?  Check out her story below and hear Mayor Ed Lee discuss the importance of honoring and helping our homeless Veterans.  Ask him to make the connection that removing this recycling center will directly and adversely affect homeless Veterans in San Francisco.  Ask him to honor our Vets by providing the things they need not scorching the ways they can make a little bit of money.

http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/san_francisco&id=8693457

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