NIMBY politics create a whole new Fiscal Cliff-a Green One: from Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council

Impacts on Small Grocers [or Markets] and Beverage Stores

Need for Recycling Centers

The existing recycling centers in SF are well utilized but dwindling in numbers. Numbering 30 in 1990, now there are only 21. Statewide, there is one recycling center for every 18,000 residents while there is only one for every 38,000 San Franciscans. Recycling centers in the City receive half of all CRV bottles and cans recycled.

Of the 21 recycling centers in the City, only about 12 are conveniently located at neighborhood supermarkets or nearby. The rest are hard to get to or only consist of reverse vending machines that slowly receive bottles and cans one at a time. As a result long lines are the norm at most City recycling centers.

The Mayor needs to address this crisis now by placing the HANC eviction on hold while a task force is appointed to develop and implement solutions.

HANC recycling has also been a longtime advocate for urban agriculture and habitat restoration.The money that is generated from recycling pays for green jobs with health insurance as well as a decade old San Francisco Native Plant Nursery.When HANC learned of the plan to create a community garden in the space, it immediately met the need creating Kezar Gardens, a 51-plot community garden program.There are currently 100 gardeners who will lose their plots in the event of an eviction.The Recreation and Park Department has no plan to retain or relocate those gardens or those gardeners.We demand that the citizen advisory council that was created to advise Recreation and Park on the use of the space be reinstated.This group should be tasked with the fate of the current gardeners, if they cannot be relocated elsewhere.

SOURCE Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council