SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department today announced the successful result of the Eco Pop-up pilot program at Mission Dolores Park. Since its launch in June 2015, the Eco Pop-up diverted more than 68% of waste collected to recycling and compost from the summer through early October. The success has exceeded the expectation – and because of this, the pop-up will return in the spring.
On a busy weekend users of Dolores Park generate up to 7,000 gallons of trash. Prior to the Eco Pop-up, all of that went to landfill. It is widely known that proper source separation of materials before collection leads to greater processability of recyclable and compostable items as well as a decrease of landfill materials.
As such, SF Rec & Park, in partnership with Recology, decided to provide the Eco Pop-up, a staffed, large-scale recycling and compost disposal area, complete with signage, instruction for use, and educational materials throughout the park to encourage park visitors to recycle and compost their waste.
The “Dolores Park Eco Pop-up” was open from 12p.m. to 8p.m. on Saturday, Sundays and Holidays, for the pilot period. At the pop-up, staff and volunteers helped park visitors to separate beverage containers, pizza boxes and other picnic discards into separate metal bins designated for recycling, compost, and trash.
An analysis conducted in Spring, 2015, concluded that more than 65% of refuse in Dolores Park is either recyclable or compostable. The predominant recyclable items were glass bottles and plastic containers (cups, tubs, jars, etc). These materials can and should be recycled. With the Eco Pop-up pilot program, SF Rec & Park’s staff, along with volunteers, encouraged park users to take their discards to the Eco Pop-up for recycling and composting.
The Eco Pop-up was one of the many steps that the City and Recology have taken many steps to improve the litter situation at Dolores Park with the vision to make Dolores Park a clean and enjoyable space open to all. In addition, SF Rec and Park in partnership with merchants around Dolores Park launched the Love Dolores campaign. The campaign encouraged park users to pack up their waste for recycle, compost or put in a trash cans placed at the perimeter of the Park. More information about Love Dolores campaign can be found at LoveDolores.com.