Trash-talk: ‘Better at the Bin’ program sorts it out

Confused about what goes in which bin? Try this app to find out:

Recology has a three-minute video that gives you the basic knowledge to get your trash into the right bin and helps you create less to start with. See also

Some points:

  • SF now has to send your recyclables halfway around the world for processing, so its  better to create less in the first place.
  • Paper is valuable for recycling, but not if it’s soaked with soda (or anything else) — empty and/or rinse your recyclables before putting them into the BLUE BIN. A half-can of soda can ruin a whole bin of paper recyclables.
  • Composting is good for the environment. Put your food-stained paper items, along with food scraps, coffee grounds and pizza boxes, in the GREEN BIN.
  • Cut the amount of plastic you produce by refusing single-use plastics — use a metal water bottle, cloth shopping bags, and reusable sandwich containers.

[May 2019] Read an SFWeekly article about the details of recycling and composting.  Continue reading “Trash-talk: ‘Better at the Bin’ program sorts it out”

From SFPUC: What is CleanPowerSF?

From San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), information below about the program called CleanPowerSF. A representative from the program will be present at the SNA Quarterly Meeting on Monday May 6th (7-8:30pm at Sunnyside Conservatory). 

Cleaner Energy is Coming to San Francisco Residents

Cleaner energy from your City power provider is coming to San Francisco residents this spring! Starting in April, residential electricity customers in San Francisco will be welcomed into CleanPowerSF, the community choice clean energy program operated by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). Customers also have the option of opting up to 100% renewable energy for just a few dollars more per month, or opting out of the program and staying with PG&E. Learn more at Or download this 8-page PDF for complete information about the program.

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Rain Coming: Adopt-a-Drain reminder

From SFPUC: 

Adopt a Drain SF

Help Us Keep San Francisco’s 25,000 Storm Drains Clear
Adopt A Drain SF

Launched in October 2016, the Adopt a Drain Program enables San Francisco residents to “adopt” one of the City’s 25,000 storm drains, keeping it free of debris. While helping to reduce localized flooding, the program also fosters community engagement by encouraging San Franciscans to take an active role in improving their neighborhood. To sign up and adopt a drain, go to!
Drain Adopters Album Cover

Check out photos from past events.

How to Care for Your Adopted Drain

  • If possible, clear the drain before it starts raining.
  • Put leaves and other natural material in the green compost bin. Put trash in the black garbage bin.
  • Clear about 10 feet on both sides of the drain.
  • Medical waste or needles? Construction debris? Toxic materials? Report it to the City’s Customer Service Center, on the web (or dial 3-1-1).

Drain Clearing Safety Tips 

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Sustainability and Balboa Reservoir Project

On Dec 5, the developer team for the Balboa Reservoir housing development, AvalonBay/BRIDGE, held a holiday meeting event with Sustainability as the focus subject. Informational posters were presented. The PDF is available here, or see images below. Public comment was taken during the event, and will be presented later. Public commnet about the Balboa Reservoir project can be submitted at any time, see contact details at the end of this post. [More about the Balboa Reservoir Community Advisory Committee.]


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Adopt-a-Drain: Rain is on its way

SFPUC has a program called Adopt-a-Drain, to help prevent the flooding that can happen when storm-drain grates become blocked with trash and debris. The program was highlighted in a recent item on CurbedSF. Anyone can participate — you can even name your drain!

So far Sunnysiders have so far adopted over 50 of the neighborhood’s storm drains. These neighbors have volunteered to keep the grates tidy which helps avoid local flooding. We have some trouble spots, often along the route of the old creek.

To sign up and adopt your own drain, go to click>register. (Don’t forget to give your new drain a good name.) The map there shows which drains are claimed.

New this year: SFWater has flagged four Sunnyside storm drains as being in special need of adoption, on Foerster Street at Monterey and Joost.

Four red-flagged storm drains on Foerster St. Screenshot from Sunnyside on Adopt-a-Drain map. Green ones are available for adoption, purples ones are already adopted.

For those Sunnysiders who have already adopted their local storm drain, it’s time to check for debris and tidy it up — the heavy rain on its way later this week can cause flooding when the grates are clogged with trash and leaves. SFWater sends this reminder: Continue reading “Adopt-a-Drain: Rain is on its way”