We ask that you to hear the overwhelming number of voices of community members, environmentalists, recyclers and gardeners asking you to stop the eviction of Kezar Gardens. This is a unique program that hosts a 50-bed community garden tended by 100 community gardeners and a San Francisco-specific native plant nursery. Both programs are supported by the on-site recycling center that has also created 10 green jobs. Kezar Gardens is also known for the help it gave to other urban agriculture projects around the city, including the Hayes Valley Farm and the Civic Center Victory Garden.
Please stop the eviction of this successful community- based program that has been in existence since 1974. Replacing it with a $250,000 tax-payer funded community garden is an obscene waste of money and will cause irreparable harm to the hundreds of gardeners, recyclers, and community members who currently and regularly use that space.
This is a program that should be replicated not eliminated – we urge you to take immediate action to stop the eviction.
Haight Ashbury Voice
This petition closed almost 4 years ago
If this recycling center closes, it will adversely impact hundreds of small businesses in the western part of San Francisco. Without the ability to have their own buyback and no center nearby,...
If this recycling center closes, it will adversely impact hundreds of small businesses in the western part of San Francisco. Without the ability to have their own buyback and no center nearby, they will be subject to daily fines of $100/day. While big grocery stores can afford the penalties of not recycling-the smaller stores cannot and will be the most impacted.
San Francisco is also on the road to zero waste by 2020. To achieve zero waste-every bit of recycling is needed. There can be no bottle or can left un redeemed if our city wants to reach its zero waste mandate. While San Francisco may have great recycling laws and high diversion numbers already, global recycling rates remain utterly dismal. Most of our trash still goes into landfills.
HANC recycling center is one of the easiest and most effective models for recycling in any community because it requires the least amount of infrastructure and takes pressure off the grocery stores. These models need to be in place to maintain our current standards in SF and for other communities to learn from-the world is counting on places like San Francisco to lead the way in waste management and environmental action. The situation is dire. From a big picture point of view, there is no choice but to promote and elevate the work of the HANC recycling center and Kezar Gardens into policy that preserves its legacy and ensures its place as a part of the solution to climate change.
For more information on recycling in California check out www.cawrecycles.org