Tag Archives: trash

Decision to increase Dolores Park littering fee postponed

The Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee met Wednesday morning to discuss proposed legislation to raise the fee for littering at Dolores Park to $1000, but discovered that no one has been cited for littering in the park at the current fee of $200 in the past year. “They are not enforcing their own rules,” said Alex Albridge, a member...

City took away 1,000 SF trash cans, and now returns many to Mission St.

Mission District Supervisor Hillary Ronen on Tuesday rolled out a new city-funded initiative to combat littering along Mission Street by installing some three dozen new trashcans along the corridor. “We know that Mission Street has a serious litter problem – our crews clean there daily,” said Public Works Spokesperson Rachel Gordon. Ronen called the six-month program an “experiment” that counters the city’s...

Artist and Scavenger Stronghold Booted from SF Mission

The new year marked the end of an era for the proprietors of Junko’s, a once clandestine thrift-store cabaret in the Mission and a two-decade stronghold of the city’s underground scavenging movement that unearthed everything from a letter from Ronald Reagan to a manuscript by Beat icon Neal Cassady. The owners, Derek Felten and Michael McQuate, made careers out of...

Dolores Park “Eco Pop-Up” Deemed Successful

To mark America Recycles Day (yes, that’s a thing and yes, it’s today), Rec and Park announced that the Eco Pop-Up at Dolores Park has been successfully diverting the majority of waste produced in the park away from landfills and will return in spring. The Eco Pop-Up consists of several large recycling, compost and trash dumpsters at the Dolores Street...

How the Mission Fared in the Annual Street Cleanliness Report

The amount of “litter and grime” observed citywide dropped year to year, possibly due to improved response rates, three new street sweepers, and new mechanical sidewalk cleaners featuring steam cleaning units. The report also references the city’s Pit Stop program, which provides public toilets, syringe disposal, and pet waste bags – but perhaps most importantly, includes a staff to man the...

It’s Back! Pics from Dolores Park’s Reopening (and Aftermath)

At last. After $20.5 million and several years spent on renovations, Dolores Park’s southern half reopened Wednesday evening, marking the first time in years that the whole park has been open to visitors. Chain link fences came down in the morning, and in the evening park fans arrived to savor the views and to participate in a little glow-in-the-dark revelry....

SF Bans Glass in Dolores Park, Alcohol Not So Much

The Love Dolores campaign, a partnership between park officials and local merchants, has set its sights on a new target: removal of all glass from Dolores Park.   “Glass can fall and break, and it’s a hassle to clean up and causes a hazard,” said Sarah Ballard, director of policy and public affairs at the Recreation and Parks Department. “The...

Dolores Park Follies: Sorting Out Weekend Trash

The city, Recology and the Park and Recreation Department are working together to mitigate the mountains of trash left in Dolores Park every weekend, after citizens have gotten increasingly vocal about their dismay at the trashed park. Supervisor Scott Wiener joined representatives from the parks department and from Recology to unveil an “Eco Pop-up,” a row of three dumpsters for landfill waste, compost,...

Dolores Park Follies: Where Are The People From?

Before the clouds and wind really rolled in last Saturday, I went to Dolores Park to do an informal survey. Where are all these people from, I wondered. Has the park become a tourist trap? A local hotspot? A Bay Area wide phenomenon? I asked about 150 people where they currently live, though not everyone as focused as any data analyst...

Dolores Park Video Taker Considers a Park Clean Up

A Dolores Park visitor who took video of a confrontation between his friends and some parks enforcement officers who cited them for playing amplified music says he could have handled the situation better. Matthew Card, who recorded an encounter with Recreation and Parks officer J. Chan after being cited for playing amplified music, said he and his friends are now thinking...

Mission 311 Calls Visualized, Looks Trashy

It’s confirmed: the Mission has a lot of trash and graffiti — at least, it has the most people complaining about it. In fact, in 2013 the Mission had more complaints about these issues, among others, than any other neighborhood in the city. Using 311 call data provided by the city’s open data program, Mission Local tabulated that Missionites call the...

Got Trash? The Dirt on Littering in the Mission

Paula Ginsburg takes a sip of red wine and looks out at the ocean from her table at the Beach Chalet on the edge of Golden Gate Park. “I don’t see a single piece of trash,” she says. Ginsburg, a retired teacher from Everett Middle School, is taking a break from the Mission District to reflect on her latest project....