By Ed Dunn, San Francisco Community Recyclers
The fall of HANC Recycling has lead to a series of recycling center closures across the City. Up until last year, San Franciscans enjoyed access to twenty recycling locations dispersed fairly evenly across town. This was by no means accidental, because the California Bottle Bill requires that recycling centers be located near large supermarkets, which are also dispersed fairly evenly across town.
But after HANC closed, three other recycling locations were illegally shut down, and a fourth is faced with imminent eviction. The Nexcycle operation at the Fulton and Masonic Lucky’s; the Webster and Geary Safeway recycling center which was operated by Replanet; as well as a Nexcycle reverse vending machine at the Marina Safeway have all been closed. Safeway has sent San Francisco Community Recyclers (SFCR), which is the operator of the recycling center at Church and Market, an eviction notice effective October 4th.