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HANC Recycling Center Eviction : Green Jobs Fiasco Hits San Francisco
While Solyndra is making headlines as a government sponsored green jobs fiasco, a longtime Bay Area green jobs success story is about to go out of business. The Haight-Asbury Neighborhood Council (HANC) Recycling Center is being evicted after 37 years of operation by its landlord, the City and County of San Francisco. Entirely self-sufficient,relying on no grants, loans or taxpayer funding, HANC employs ten people at itsrecycling center, community garden and native plant nursery. The operation actuallygenerates a surplus that funds other environmental projects, such as the Garden for theEnvironment.Located on the edge of Golden Gate Park, the recycling center is a tenant of the City’sRecreation and Parks Department (RPD). Dubbed a “non conforming use”, the recyclingcenter is slated for eviction even as RPD plans to install a sewage treatment plant in thesame Park. Park officials say their goal is to improve safety in the Park by shutting downthe recycling center and depriving the homeless (who make about 1 in 6 of the recyclingcenter’s customer base) of a place to get a little pocket money.This policy completely ignores California’s Bottle Bill which requires that recyclingcenters be conveniently located so that people can get their deposit back. San Francisco isnotoriously underserved by recycling centers having only one for every 44,000 residentscompared to a statewide average of the one for every 18,0000 Californians. SanFrancisco’s master plan for recycling calls for a network of recycling centers tocomplement the curbside collection program. Five percent of the City’s recyclinghappens at recycling centers.San Francisco has a goal of zero waste by 2020. Meanwhile, ten of the City’s greenworkers are about to lose their jobs that provide a living wage and health care.Unemployment in the City is over nine percent and that figure could go higher if theeconomy tips into recession again as many economists now fear.