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San Franciscans, Safeway customers and people who recycle: Add your name to the petition, TELL SAFEWAY TO KEEP ITS RECYCLING CENTERS OPEN

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Petition to Prevent Further Closures of 

Recycling Centers

 

Safeway has started closing the last of San Francisco's public recycling centers. 

 

In addition to being California law, recycling redemptions are economic opportunities for many of the City's residents. Seniors, working class families, homeless folks, and other low-income populations make use of the opportunity to locally exchange their cans and bottles for redemptions. 

 

Since the forced-eviction of Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council recycling facilities eight months ago, a total of five San Francisco recycling centers have been closed down or evicted. Safeway's eviction of Market Street’s San Francisco Community Recyclers comes as yet another way to push homeless and poor people from SF's neighborhoods and relegate them to industrial areas, or out of the city entirely. Complaints from neighbors, businesses, and real estate developers against Safeway's recycling centers describe how the neighborhood is “blighted” by the presence of low income individuals exchanging cans and bottles in an attempt to get by. The closure of recycling centers is a non-solution and instead limits the few options available for people who are already disadvantaged and negatively impacts the health of our city.

 

We can not reach our collective goal of zero waste by 2020 with curbside recycling alone! Recycling, and keeping it accessible to all, is one pillar in the movement to preserve the ecosystem for future generations.

 

State law mandates that local communities have access to recycling stations, placed at specific distances from each other to ensure that this service widely available to all residents. Supermarkets in San Francisco are required by law to provide recycling services to the neighborhoods they are located in – if not they are required to redeem the CRV in-store. Small businesses would be hurt by this closure as all supermarkets would be required to pay fines of $100 a day due to the closure of accessible recycling centers. 

 

 

 

 

TELL SAFEWAY TO KEEP ITS RECYCLING CENTERS OPEN AND ACCESSIBLE TO ALL! SIGN THE PETITION TO STOP SAFEWAY FROM CLOSING PUBLIC RECYCLING CENTERS!

 



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