The Recreation and Park Department Commission on Thursday voted in favor of creating a community garden on the current site of the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council Recycling Center. From the SF Examiner:
A Haight-Ashbury recycling center that started 36 years ago as a community activism project on an asphalt parking lot in Golden Gate Park can expect a 90-day eviction notice today. After two hours of public outcry both supporting and opposing the closure of the center next to Kezar Stadium to make way for community-garden plots and a pedestrian plaza, the Recreation and Park Commission unanimously voted in favor of the change Thursday.
Here's a report from KGO TV:
The proposal to build a garden and evict the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council recycling center has been the subject of considerable debate if not controversy.
On November 18, Gavin Newsom wrote a letter to Rec and Park and other city officials requesting them to start the process of creating the garden, which by necessity would include the eviction of HANC. An extract:
The HANC center served an important purpose at the beginning of the recycling movement. Currently, however, the recycling tonnage collected at HANC accounts for only about one-tenth of one percent of San Francisco's total landfull diversion. It is reasonable to expect that those dedicated recyclers that use the facility will take their material to another existing site for proper handling-whether that means bringing bottles and cans with California redemption value to to another redemption center, or using the city's robust curbside collection program.
Well, as you can imagine, the recycling center doesn't exactly see it that way. On Wednesday, KQED's Cy Musiker talked with HANC Recycling Center head Ed Dunn, who claims that Newsom is targeting HANC because of its opposition to the mayor's Sit/Lie proposal as well as to other administration initiatives. Here is the full interview with Dunn, whose father was involved in the founding of the center in 1974. Dunn recounts the history of the center and gives his rebuttal to a number of arguments for its eviction, including the charge that HANC encourages curbside scavenging by the homeless.