Board of Supervisors Recycling Resolution

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FILE NO. 110186

[Recycling Program]

AMENDED IN BOARD  3/8/11 RESOLUTION NO.  121-11


Resolution requesting the Recreation and Parks Department and the Department of the Environment collaborate to establish a comprehensive Parks recycling program utilizing the expertise, volunteer base and facilities of the HANC Recycling Center in Golden Gate Park, for the Department of the Environment to establish an Independent Recycling Center Master Plan, and requesting the Recreation and Parks Department to rescind the eviction of the HANC Recycling Center from Golden Gate Park.

WHEREAS, AB 2020, The California Recycling and Litter Reduction Act of 1986 (the "Bottle Bill") requires the City to provide residents with convenient means to redeem recyclables, a requirement not met by curbside-pick up alone; and

WHEREAS, The Department of Environment ("DOE") has confirmed the Bottle
Bill is an effective incentive that has increased diversion rates since the program was initiated; and


WHEREAS, State law requires the location of redemption centers for bottles and
cans every half mile, and such centers have proven effective in reducing landfill as well as providing the capacity to recycle materials ineligible for the curbside program; and WHEREAS, The City and County of San Francisco lacks a comprehensive, independent recycling plan which would complement the curb side recycling program and bring the City closer to its goal of zero waste by the year 2020, a component which, according to the Director of the Department of the Environment, is an "integral" part of reaching zero waste; and

WHEREAS, Of the nineteen existing independent recycling centers in San Francisco, ten reside on the east side of San Francisco in Supervisorial District Ten, disproportionately burdening the district while failing to provide equitable access for San Franciscans to independent recycling centers to properly dispose of recyclables ineligible for the curbside recycling program; and

WHEREAS, According to the DOE's Waste Characterization study, a full 30% of
the material the City sends to landfill should be recycled instead thereby demonstrating the need for independent recycling centers to augment the curbside recycling program; and

WHEREAS, The Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council ("HANC") recycling center located in Golden Gate Park ("GGP") serves that state-mandated purpose by providing redemption for bottles and cans in addition to collecting of a vast array of recyclable materials ineligible for curbside recycling, thereby offering San Francisco residents a means to achieve their ambitious landfill diversion goals; and


WHEREAS, The Recreation and Parks Department ("RPD") recently announced
a pilot recycling program for the east end of GGP centered around popular attractions and open space including the Conservatory of Flowers, Doughboy Meadow, Stow Lake and the Big Rec ball field, and


WHEREAS, According to the San Francisco Department of the Environment
("DOE") Zero Waste Coordinator, public, unmonitored recycling bins have had a low success rate meaning that improperly sorted recyclables, compostables and waste are commingled and must therefore be disposed of in landfill; and


WHEREAS, RPD provided HANC with notice that its lease for its recycling center will terminate at precisely the time when RPD could benefit from the volunteers, expertise and facilities the HANC Center provides in GGP; and

WHEREAS, The Department of the Environment's current proposal for replacing the capacity of the HANG recycling center with reverse vending machines-- which inefficiently process only one bottle or can at a time-and would require 27 machines to accommodate the volume HANC currently handles potentially creating frustratingly long lines to redeem recyclables thus contradicting the state mandate that recycling be easy and convenient; and

WHEREAS, The policy decision of installing reverse vending machines has not
been analyzed in terms either the impacts on current grocery stores or merchants that would be required to implement in-store redemption or an analysis of the siting, implementation, or the street-level efficacy of the policy; and

WHEREAS, As a consequence, neither RPD nor DOE have a viable, proven alternative plan for absorbing the volume of bottles and cans and other recyclable materials collected at the HANC GGP site; and


WHEREAS, Objective One, Policy I, of the Golden Gate Park Master Plan Objectives and Policies calls upon the HANC Recycling Genter "to increase its benefits to the Park" by focusing "on the recycling needs of Golden Gate Park and the immediate neighborhoods" , and

WHEREAS, Golden Gate Park Master Plan Objective VI, Policy H states:  "Recyclable material generated within the park should be recycled within a designated area", further stating" Volunteer programs to remove litter from the park and to increase public awareness about recycling and the impact of litter on the park should be increased"; and


WHEREAS, The HANC Recycling Center has been engaging and educating the
public over the past 35 years as stewards of the built environment and continues to be a resource for recycling, taking initiative on bottle redemption, keeping the Park and adjacent neighborhood clean and providing job opportunities and is thus ideally suited to fulfill Objective VI, Policy H of the GGP Master Plan; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Board ofSupervisors calls upon the Department of Environment to assemble a task force to create an Independent Recycling Center Master Plan that will outline the unmet recycling needs of the City and County of San Francisco which will complement the curb side pickup program and support both the intent of California's "Bottle Bill" as well as assure San Francisco's recycling programs are both sustainable, efficacious and provide a clear strategy for the City to reach its goal of zero waste by 2020; and, be it


FURTHER RESOLVED, The Board of Supervisors requests the Recreation and
Parks Department and the Department of the Environment collaborate with the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council in developing and implementing a recycling program for Golden Gate Park; and be it


FURTHUR RESOLVED, The Board of Supervisors urges the Mayor to direct RPD to negotiate in good faith the termination of HANC's lease allowing the Recycling Center to continue to serve Golden Gate Park, continue to fulfill its mission as state-required redemption center and continue to provide the San Franciscans the capacity to recycle materials ineligible for curbside pick-up and, be it


FURTHER RESOLVED, The Board of Supervisors, in the event of the loss or
downsizing of the HANC GGP site, urges the Mayor's Office, RPD and DOE to work with HANC to develop a plan to provide alternative recycling services to absorb the recycling capacity of the HANC Center, or preferably, find a suitable property to relocate the recycling services provided by HANC if RPD proceeds to evict the HANC center in such a manner as to assure the uninterrupted continuity of the center's operations and employment.

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File Number: 110186 Date Passed: March 08, 2011

Resolution requesting the Recreation a!1d Parks Department and the Department of the Environment collaborate to establish a comprehensive Parks recycling program utilizing the expertise, volunteer base, and facilities of the HANC Recycling Center in Golden Gate Park, for the Department of the
Environment, to establish an Independent Recycling Center Master Plan, and requesting the Recreation and Parks Department to rescind the eviction of the HANC Recycling Center from Golden Gate Park.

February 28, 2011 City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee - RECOMMENDED

March 08, 2011 Board of Supervisors - AMENDED
Ayes: 6 - Avalos, Campos, Chiu, Kim, Mar and Mirkarimi
Noes: 5 - Chu, Cohen, Elsbernd, Farrell and Wiener

March 08, 2011 Board of Supervisors - ADOPTED AS AMENDED
Ayes: 6 - Avalos, Campos,Chiu, Kim, Mar and Mirkarimi
Noes: 5 - Chu, Cohen, Elsberhd, Farrell and Wiener

I hereby certify that the foregoing
Resolution was ADOPTED AS AMENDED on
3/8/2011 by the Board of Supervisors of the
City and County of San Francisco.

Angela Calvillo
Clerk of the Board

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