pillow.jpgThe cleanup of this year’s Valentine’s Day pillow fight in Justin Herman Plaza cost the city of San Francisco considerably less to clean up than last year, the Department of Public Works said.

“Right now we’re looking at around $3,500,” public works spokeswoman Gloria Chan said.
Feathers, trash and debris from the annual pillow fight in 2010 cost the department $35,000 to dispose of, according to official estimates.

Bad weather likely led this year to fewer attendees, which contributed to the lower cost.
Chan said that between 300 and 600 people attended the event this year.

The pillow fight is not an organized event, Chan said. Organizers do not apply for permits that would provide portable toilets and security and cover the cleanup costs.

“It diverts our resources and manpower,” she said.

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  • JenSmall

    Pillows for Puppies coordinated 30 volunteers who stayed until 10:30pm
    cleaning the plaza, along with dozens of helpers who were happy to
    fill a bag with fluff before heading home. We filled 150 big trash
    bags with the stuffing from burst pillows and left much less work for
    the city employees. We left a very light smattering of feathers,
    rather than the usual 4-6 inches of fluff, feathers, and empty
    pillowcases. Next year we’re bringing power washers of our own –
    that’s all there was left to do!

    Clean up costs for the city dropped ninety percent, from $35,000 in
    2010 to $3,500 in 2011, according to Gloria Chan of the DPW.

    However, Chan did not credit us! Aww! This ninety percent reduction is due directly to our amazing volunteers and the participation of pillow fighters in cleaning up after themselves when
    offered trash bags and loving encouragement to pick up.

    Pictures of the wonderfully clean Justin Herman Plaza:
    http://pillowsforpuppies.tumblr.com/

  • JenSmall

    Pillows for Puppies coordinated 30 volunteers who stayed until 10:30pm
    cleaning the plaza, along with dozens of helpers who were happy to
    fill a bag with fluff before heading home. We filled 150 big trash
    bags with the stuffing from burst pillows and left much less work for
    the city employees. We left a very light smattering of feathers,
    rather than the usual 4-6 inches of fluff, feathers, and empty
    pillowcases. Next year we’re bringing power washers of our own –
    that’s all there was left to do!

    Clean up costs for the city dropped ninety percent, from $35,000 in
    2010 to $3,500 in 2011, according to Gloria Chan of the DPW.

    However, Chan did not credit us! Aww! This ninety percent reduction is due directly to our amazing volunteers and the participation of pillow fighters in cleaning up after themselves when
    offered trash bags and loving encouragement to pick up.

    Pictures of the wonderfully clean Justin Herman Plaza:
    http://pillowsforpuppies.tumblr.com/