SF Rec and Park Says Pack It In, Pack It Out with Giant Sweep!


SF Rec and Park Says Pack It In, Pack It Out with Giant Sweep!


SAN FRANCISCO — Under Mayor Edwin M. Lee’s leadership, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (SF Rec and Park) has joined forces with the World Champion San Francisco Giants, partner City agencies, residents, businesses, community groups and schools in the the Giant Sweep campaign, an anti-litter campaign.  The goal: create a culture of clean across the City, including in our parks and natural areas.


On Friday, June 21, 2013, more than 100 campers attending SF Recr and Park’s summer youth camps joined the Giant Sweep team at a special event held at Moscone Recreation Center in teh Marina District.  Mayor Lee and SF Giants’ mascot, Lou Seal were on hand to encourage the young people to do their part to keep San Francisco clean and beautiful.


“The Giant Sweep campaign has brought a renewed sense of pride and stewardship in our City, in our communities and in our parks,” said Mayor Ed Lee.  “We are proud of all our City agencies for their leadership and commitment to the Giant Sweep, but above all, we are proud of our residents who have embraced this program that is helping to keep our City clean, green and beautiful year round.”


District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell, who grew up near Moscone and now repesents the area, said “We all play a role in keeping San Francisco green and beautiful.  Together, we pledge to keep San Francisco clean with the Giant Sweep!”


In 2012 the SF Giants showed the world that winning the World Series was a team effort that went far beyond individual heroics.  The same approach was needed to attach San Francisco’s litter problem.  So Mayor Lee and the SF Giants launched Giant Sweep, a citywide campaign that brings together city agencies, neighborhood groups, local schools, residents, businesses, nonprofits to make San Francisco a world class city where people live, work, and play in a clean and safe environment everyday.


Today, Mayor Lee and Supervisor Farrell are two of the more than 11,000 people who have taken the Giant Sweep pledge since the City and the Giants launched the campaign in February, 2012. The pledge asks people to agree to keep the streets, sidewalks, buses and parks clean.  And more than 7,900 volunteer hours cleaning and greening the City logged.  And at least four successful school-engagement involving nearly 1,000 students from Lincoln, Balboa and San Francisco Children’s Day, St. Vincent de Paul, and Carver.


“SF Rec and Park is proud to be part of the Giant Sweep campaign,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager.  “With this campaign, we want to encourage our young people to be our future advocates leading our City to continue to be clean and environmentally friendly for generations to come.”


We want people to visit our parks and enjoy themselves. But if you create garbage, don’t leave it behind. The idea is simple: Pack it in; pack it out!” Added Mohammed Nuru, director of the San Francisco Department of Public Works, “Together, with team work, we can make a real difference. The Giants showed us that last year when they won the World Series. We can achieve the same kind of great success with Giant Sweep if everyone pitches in. Join the team. Keep SF clean.”


More information on Giant Sweep can be found at www.sfgiantsweep.org.


San Francisco’s litter problem by the numbers in 2012:

  • 23,000: Number of calls the City receives a year for items left on the streets and sidewalks.
  • 7,540: tons of litter picked up by mechanical street sweepers.
  • 7,172: tons of illegally dumped couches, mattresses, and other items picked up.
  • 30,06: tons of garbage, recycles and compostables dumped in the public right-of-way.



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