Dolores Park Eco Pop-up Diverts 6,000 Gallons of Recycling and Compostable Material from Landfill in Two Weekends

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and Recology announced today that the Eco Pop-up at Dolores Park has successfully diverted a total of nearly 6,000 gallons of recycling and compostable material from landfill in just the first two weekends after its initial launch.    For the past two weekends, SF Rec and Park and Recology stationed the Eco Pop-up at Mission Dolores Park. Mission Neighborhood Center provided staff to assist park visitors to recycle and compost waste generated during their visits at the park.  The pilot program began the weekend of April 18th, 2015.


“We want to continue to encourage everyone utilizing the pop-up when they visit Dolores Park,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “We need our park users’ support to keep Dolores Park clean and safe.”


On a busy weekend, users of Dolores Park can generate up to 7,000 gallons of trash.  Prior to the Eco Pop-up, all of that went to landfill.


The “Dolores Park Eco Pop-up” is open from 12pm to 8pm on Saturday, Sundays and Holidays, for the pilot period.  At the pop-up, staff and volunteers help park visitors to separate beverage containers, pizza boxes and other picnic discards into separate metal bins designated for recycling, compost, and trash. The metal bins are color coded to match the City’s award-winning and Fantastic 3 recycling and composting program.


Proper source separation of materials before collection leads to greater processability of recyclable and compostable items as well as decrease of materials sent to landfill.  SF Rec and Park, in partnership with Recology, provide the Eco Pop-up as staffed recycling and compost location, complete with signage, and educational material to encourage park visitors to recycle and compost their waste.


“Recology has a long tradition of developing innovative recycling programs, supporting the communities we serve and working cooperatively with City government. The Eco Pop-up is a shining example of all three of these traditions coming together at Dolores Park,” said Paul Giusti, Recology’s Community and Government Affairs Manager.


A recent analysis concluding that more than 65 percent of all refuse generated 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.  As a result, SF Rec and Park’s staff, along with volunteers, have been encouraging people to take their discards to the Eco Pop-up.  Now, after two weekends, the pilot program has been found that about a total of 6,000 gallons of waste generated, have been successfully recycled and composted at Dolores Park.  The success has exceeded the expectation.


The Eco Pop-up is one of the many steps that the City and Recology have taken to improve the litter situation at Dolores Park with the vision to make Dolores Park a clean and enjoyable space open to all.  The pilot program will continue throughout the summer.



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