Eco Pop-Up to Debut at Dolores Park This Weekend

65% of the 7,000 Gallons Collected each weekend is Recyclable or Compostable

SAN FRANICSCO – A pop-up recycling and composting location will be unveiled at Dolores Park at 11AM on Wednesday, April 15th.


Dolores Park generates over 7,000 gallons of trash a weekend.  An analysis of the waste shows that at least 65% of it is compostable or recyclable.  To support park users getting the trash out of the park and keeping it out of the landfill, Recology and The Recreation and Parks Department are piloting the Eco- Pop Up.


Beginning Saturday, April 18th, the “Dolores Park Eco Pop-up” will be open 12pm to 8pm on Saturday, Sundays and Holidays, for the pilot period. The pop-up will accept park users’ compost and recycling.  At the pop-up staff and volunteers will separate beverage containers, pizza boxes and other picnic discards into separate metal bins designated for recycling, compost, and trash.


“Dolores Park is a city treasure, with its beautiful views and green space, and many San Franciscans enjoy it on a regular basis,” said Supervisor Scott Wiener, whose district includes the park.  “Dolores Park is a vibrant and wonderful place, and we want people to be able to enjoy it.  We also want people to respect the park – to keep it clean and usable for everyone.  Weekend crowds have reached unprecedented levels and, unfortunately, so has the trash.  The City, park users, and neighbors all need to share in the responsibility to keep the park clean. This eco pop-up will make sure that as we are all working together to pick up our trash and that we are also working to meet the City’s ambitious zero waste goal.”


“We invite and encourage everyone visiting the park to utilize the pop-up and to help keep Dolores Park clean and to recycle and compost their discards,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “We need the support of park users to keep Dolores Park the great place it is.”


As this chart below has shown the analysis concluded that more than 65 percent 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.  The City and Recology have taken many steps to improve the litter situation.  SF Rec and Park staff, along with volunteers, will encourage people to take their discards to the Eco Pop-up. This effort is part of a vision to make Dolores Park a clean and enjoyable space open to all.


“Dolores Park, a beautiful facility that belongs to everyone in San Francisco. Together we are going to keep it clean and recycle and compost as much as possible,” said Recology spokesman Robert Reed.


It is widely known that proper source separation of materials before collection leads to greater processability of recyclable and compostable items as well as decreased landfill materials.  As such, Eco Pop-up will a pilot program at Mission Dolores Park, which provide staffed, large-scale recycling and compost disposal area, complete with signage, directive for use, and educational material.


“My family and our businesses have been neighbors to Dolores Park for more than 50 years. As part of our commitment to keeping the park clean, safe, and beautiful for everyone, we are calling on our guests, neighbors, merchants, and visitors to join us and do the right thing with park waste. Sort out your trash, pack it up, and leave the park cleaner than you found it,” said Sam Mogannam, Owner, Bi-Rite Family of Business.  “Please join us to ensure a bright future of Dolores Park for the next fifty years, and more.”


“As a company born and bred in San Francisco, supporting and respecting the city’s oceans, parks, and resources is integral to the San Franpsycho mission,” said San Franpsycho co-owner Andy Olive. “Having enjoyed our fair share of sunny afternoons in Dolores Park over the years, we’re incredibly excited to join the city in spearheading a new chapter of clean living in the park.”


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