child_woman.jpgA 36-year-old recycling center in Golden Gate Park that has been a source of neighborhood feuding for decades is getting closer to the possibility of shutting down. While nothing is in stone, it has been brought to the media’s attention (some of whom applaud the possibility) that Mayor Newsom is seriously considering it.

The recycling center is operated by the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council (HANC), who leases the land next to Kezar Stadium from the city. The HANC recycling center sent out a press release Tuesday morning condemning the Mayor’s alleged plans. The closure of the recycling center will result in the loss of ten green jobs, they say.

Other neighborhood groups and police claim that the center is a magnet for crime and homeless people. Residents complain that the homeless raid their curbside recycling and leave a mess. (Is it just me or isn’t that pretty much a city wide thing?) Others say that the center has “outlived its time,” citing “anecdotal evidence…that having a recycling ATM in the park is a bad idea.”

Lena Emmery, President of the Cole Valley Improvement Association says that the recent beating that killed a 53-year-old homeless man near the facility was “the straw that broke the camels back”.

Ed Dunn, the director of the recycling center, dismisses the claims that the homicide is linked to the center. “It was about as close to the police station as it was to the recycling center,” Dunn said.

HANC Operations Manager Charlie Lamar also disputes the connection to illegal street activity and homeless people in the press release. “Fewer than one in five of our customers sleep outside and more than half come in cars” Lamar claims.

HANC also operates a native plant nursery at the site. Mayoral spokesperson Tony Winnicker told the Chronicle that the nursery could be incorporated into alternative uses for the space, such as a community garden.

Mark Westlind, spokesperson for the Department of the Environment, says that the center accounts for one tenth of one percent of the city’s total waste diverted from landfills. He claims the material would likely be absorbed through curbside pickup or another recycling center.

However, HANC’s press release claims that the city is already underserved by recycling centers. Dunn says “San Francisco has only one recycling center for every 44,000 residents whereas across the State you’ll find one for every 18,000”.

HANC has created a video petition that shows a diverse group of forty-seven customers voicing their support for the center. View it here with the password: HANC.

Photo: HANC

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  • Greg Dewar

    The stabbing in the park had nothing to do with the center. Period. The people who repeat this lie are lying liars.

    More to the point: so what if some homeless people use this to make some money? Big fucking deal. The real issue is this – yes homeowners and renters may have “Curbside Recycling” but that’s not the real issue here.

    The real issue is that when you buy a bottled or canned product, you are paying a fee that you are owed back when you return it. If you dump your stuff in to a recycling bin, you don’t get your money back.

    Big deal, right? Here’s the problem – the state is now using this money like a tax. That’s bullshit. People should have every opportunity to recover that CRV at any time. San Francisco has the WORST record in providing opportunities for people to get their money, that’s theirs, back.

    In Los Angeles, almost every grocery store had some way, usually an automated machine, that you could dump your cans and bottles in to, and get a voucher to either spend at the store, or get cash. Once I realized how much money I was losing by dumping my cans into the common recycling bin, I stopped.

    These yuppie prima donnas can seriously suck it. They’re just a bunch of people who paid too much for their property, and now think they’re entitled to dictate terms to everyone else. Fuck that.

  • Greg Dewar

    The stabbing in the park had nothing to do with the center. Period. The people who repeat this lie are lying liars.

    More to the point: so what if some homeless people use this to make some money? Big fucking deal. The real issue is this – yes homeowners and renters may have “Curbside Recycling” but that’s not the real issue here.

    The real issue is that when you buy a bottled or canned product, you are paying a fee that you are owed back when you return it. If you dump your stuff in to a recycling bin, you don’t get your money back.

    Big deal, right? Here’s the problem – the state is now using this money like a tax. That’s bullshit. People should have every opportunity to recover that CRV at any time. San Francisco has the WORST record in providing opportunities for people to get their money, that’s theirs, back.

    In Los Angeles, almost every grocery store had some way, usually an automated machine, that you could dump your cans and bottles in to, and get a voucher to either spend at the store, or get cash. Once I realized how much money I was losing by dumping my cans into the common recycling bin, I stopped.

    These yuppie prima donnas can seriously suck it. They’re just a bunch of people who paid too much for their property, and now think they’re entitled to dictate terms to everyone else. Fuck that.

  • jackbarry99

    Reader Views Suggestions » The HANC Recycle Center Must Stay…..

    The HANC Recycle Center Must Stay……CW only addresses small points.
    posted at 9/2/2010 12:53 PM PDThttp://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/contribute/sn/forums?plckForumPage=ForumDiscussion&plckDiscussionId=Cat%3a0d9d5a23-20fd-4aac-ab4b-41d1e6509f61Forum%3ab9c36150-ed74-4d2c-83ce-42a9851dca12Discussion%3a616e5920-4f32-46be-9516-c1a9b72ed09a&plckFindPostKey=Cat:0d9d5a23-20fd-4aac-ab4b-41d1e6509f61Forum:b9c36150-ed74-4d2c-83ce-42a9851dca12Discussion:616e5920-4f32-46be-9516-c1a9b72ed09aPost:8551142b-d9fc-4d68-8671-f4fd5d63f099

    jackbarry99
    Posts: 1
    First: 9/2/2010
    Last: 9/2/2010Why is it that “The City That claims to be the leader in recycling is so eager to shoot those who started the whole “SF Recyclling Bandwagon”. One would hope the “city leaders” would say “We salute the 36 years of Community Recycling by HANC, and we should work out any squabbles amicably”… Why has no one said “Lets use the SF Community Boards” to mediate, after HANC has made their case for ZZ”the good we do, that would disappear, if we do”

    REA (Richmond Environment Action) had a wonderful host in the U.S.F. community, who believed in the good REA (“Cogito Ergo Recyclo”… remember that?) that REA did, starting in 1970… In 1973, along came Ed Dunn, senior, a City fireman, to take up the cause, until his death…., and his son has carried on the work, not for income, but for principal.
    The scavenger company, back then, was hell bent on burning alll garbage, so as to lock up all SF’s
    waste stream, for 99 years.. REA and HANC stopped that, and forced them to convert to being “green” before it was a buzzword. …Would your first choice for Veterinarian Services services be the guy who also owns the Taxidermy Shop next door, and whose motto is “Either way, you get your pet back.”…. Likewise: DO NOT make “the only show in town”, for recyclilng, be the city trash collector. If Google was not competing against lots of others, would they be so innovative? Puhleeze!…. Let The Chron give the HANC Recycle center as much ink as they give CW… Let there be a “neutral fact finding, and the use of the Community Boards, to address complaints.

    jack barry in the Sunset

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  • jackbarry99

    Reader Views Suggestions » The HANC Recycle Center Must Stay…..

    The HANC Recycle Center Must Stay……CW only addresses small points.
    posted at 9/2/2010 12:53 PM PDThttp://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/contribute/sn/forums?plckForumPage=ForumDiscussion&plckDiscussionId=Cat%3a0d9d5a23-20fd-4aac-ab4b-41d1e6509f61Forum%3ab9c36150-ed74-4d2c-83ce-42a9851dca12Discussion%3a616e5920-4f32-46be-9516-c1a9b72ed09a&plckFindPostKey=Cat:0d9d5a23-20fd-4aac-ab4b-41d1e6509f61Forum:b9c36150-ed74-4d2c-83ce-42a9851dca12Discussion:616e5920-4f32-46be-9516-c1a9b72ed09aPost:8551142b-d9fc-4d68-8671-f4fd5d63f099

    jackbarry99
    Posts: 1
    First: 9/2/2010
    Last: 9/2/2010Why is it that “The City That claims to be the leader in recycling is so eager to shoot those who started the whole “SF Recyclling Bandwagon”. One would hope the “city leaders” would say “We salute the 36 years of Community Recycling by HANC, and we should work out any squabbles amicably”… Why has no one said “Lets use the SF Community Boards” to mediate, after HANC has made their case for ZZ”the good we do, that would disappear, if we do”

    REA (Richmond Environment Action) had a wonderful host in the U.S.F. community, who believed in the good REA (“Cogito Ergo Recyclo”… remember that?) that REA did, starting in 1970… In 1973, along came Ed Dunn, senior, a City fireman, to take up the cause, until his death…., and his son has carried on the work, not for income, but for principal.
    The scavenger company, back then, was hell bent on burning alll garbage, so as to lock up all SF’s
    waste stream, for 99 years.. REA and HANC stopped that, and forced them to convert to being “green” before it was a buzzword. …Would your first choice for Veterinarian Services services be the guy who also owns the Taxidermy Shop next door, and whose motto is “Either way, you get your pet back.”…. Likewise: DO NOT make “the only show in town”, for recyclilng, be the city trash collector. If Google was not competing against lots of others, would they be so innovative? Puhleeze!…. Let The Chron give the HANC Recycle center as much ink as they give CW… Let there be a “neutral fact finding, and the use of the Community Boards, to address complaints.

    jack barry in the Sunset

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  • areallyniceguy

    I am sick of smelly dirtbags schlepping their treasure troves on Muni. Move or close the recycling center.

  • areallyniceguy

    I am sick of smelly dirtbags schlepping their treasure troves on Muni. Move or close the recycling center.