The recycling center on Safeway will close this summer, District 8 Supervisor, Scott Wiener, recently announced. It was perhaps the center of choice for those who steal recyclables throughout the neighborhood.
As the Chron’s C.W. Nevius mentions, some people even pay homeless people a small fee to collect recycles . This humble reporter has heard about these folks, whom are known in the neighborhood as “lumpers.” One of these folks have even obtained access to the backdoor of an apartment complex in the Mission to collect recycles before Recology can get a chance.
“We need to make sure the system isn’t being gamed by illegal operators who are stealing hundreds of pounds a day,” Murray said. “Frankly, (if the machines) make it a pain in the butt for somebody with a truck, tough luck.”
Not that Murray is totally on board. He’s concerned that Safeway might try to duck its responsibility.
“I don’t see anything in the agreement that has Safeway committing to multiple recycling options,” he said. “Actually, it sounds to me as if they may be willing to accept the modest $100 a day in fines (for not having recycling available). Safeway is a big company. They may see it as the cost of doing business.”