Archive for the ‘environment’ Category

The SF Examiner recently ran a piece stating that SF Dept of the Environment would like to move to eliminating the black bin, leaving only the blue (recycling) and green (compost) bins for residences. http://www.sfexaminer.com/sf-moves-phase-residential-garbage-bins/

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That day is some ways off, but in the meantime, there have been changes in what should be kept out of the black bin, and go into the blue or green bin. The list of acceptable blue-bin items in particular has got very long. New additions not everyone knows about below (and this is far from a full list, click here for that):

  • Soy-milk type containers or other box-type milks or soups, that aren’t refrigerated when you buy them (UHT/tetrapack-type). Blue bin.
  • Fabric, textiles, clothing not fit to donate — put into clear bag and into blue bin. No shoes or belts.
  • Metal — basically anything metal and not full of some substance. Blue bin.
  • Hard plastic — basically anything, including old CDs and DVDs and plastic pens! Blue bin.
  • Soft plastic — plastic bags and plastic wrap — bundle into one bag and put into blue bin. Includes bubble wrap, outside wrappers of paper towels, toilet paper, etc, and those air-bags that come with delivered boxes. And more, see link below.
  • Wood pieces — like chopsticks  and unpainted scraps. Green bin.
  • Pizza boxes — clean ones in the blue bin, greasy ones in the green bin.

See this page for full lists of what is accepted.

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One Sunnyside neighbor is making a green difference on her block. Pam Parker Souza, realtor and SNA member, initiated a greening project on her block, near Detroit St and Flood Ave, with cooperation of her neighbors and the help of Friends of the Urban Forest. First the concrete comes out, then the plants go in. The big planting day is the morning of Saturday Oct 14 — stop by then to see what’s happening and show your support. More info and photos later.

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With sponsorship from SF Parks Alliance, there will be a clean-up day for the ‘ribbon garden’* that runs along Circular Avenue next to the I-280 freeway.

When: Saturday August 19th, from 9:00am to 12:30pm

Where: Meet at the Congo Street triangle, Circular Ave and Congo St. at 9:00 am.

What: Drop in anytime to help weed, pick-up trash and beautify Circular!

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The 2011 opening ceremony for the Circular Ribbon Garden, with Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Scott Wiener in attendance, along with local residents who helped make it happen, including Pat Moore, Ming Louie, Bob Abra, and many others.

  • So called because the garden is very long and narrow, running along Circular Ave from Monterey Blvd to Havelock Street.

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A recent issue of “In The Works,” a magazine from the Dept of Public Works, contained some information about tree care from the City now that Prop E is in effect.

The magazine (which utilizes Flash) is available here. For your convenience, here is the page about tree care from that publication. The links in the image follow.

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Bay Area Bike Share (http://www.bayareabikeshare.com) recently put up their map of proposed Phase 4 bike stations, which included these sites for Sunnyside. More info about the program in this related post: https://sunnysideassociation.wordpress.com/2017/01/11/bike-share-coming-to-sunnyside

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Supervisor Norman Yee called a hearing that took place yesterday about the groundwater issue, which impacts Sunnyside. Article source: SF Examiner http://www.sfexaminer.com/city-hall-flooded-complaints-sfs-new-mixed-drinking-water/.

City Hall flooded with complaints over SF’s new mixed drinking water

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By Joshua Sabatini on May 25, 2017 1:00 am

Complaints are flooding City Hall as word spreads that San Francisco’s beloved Hetch Hetchy drinking water is being mixed with less pristine groundwater.

So many, in fact, that Supervisor Norman Yee was compelled to call Wednesday’s hearing to ask the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to address the myriad of concerns, from the safety of the water to the need for the change.

Four wells pulling up water 450 feet below in the West Basin Aquifer are in the testing phase and by summer to early fall, 1 million gallons daily of underground water will go into the system. The plan is to reach 4 million gallons daily by 2020, 15 percent of the water supply delivered to some 60 percent of the water users.

One well, located by Lake Merced, pumped water into the system over two days in April. The other wells will be tested in June and July.

During the two-hour hearing Wednesday, mothers worried about the impacts on their young children, some residents said they felt like guinea pigs and others referred to the added groundwater as contamination. Some are calling on The City to halt the effort altogether.     (more…)

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A chance for you to help bring City money to Sunnyside for projects like pedestrian safety and community art is coming soon. On March 17, 2017 the voting opens on this year’s array of choices. This page is where it will happen: https://sfpbd.sfgov.org/d7/d7_b4vote.html

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SNA President Stephen Martinpinto is on the PB committee, and has helped craft a package of ped safety improvements for the neighborhood that incorporates the requests of numerous local residents. There is a quarter of a million dollars available for ped safety alone, and SNA hopes we can bring some of that money to Sunnyside.

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