Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council recycling center remains, but eviction is pending

The recycling center and nursery next to Kezar Stadium will still be evicted, but when exactly is unknown.

An eviction notice was given to the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council’s recycling site Nov. 29. By law, the center and native plant nursery had until Wednesday to voluntarily pack up and move out of Golden Gate Park, according to Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Kathy Gorwood. But that did not happen.

Gorwood said the Sheriff’s Department can and will help the center vacate the premises, but she would not provide a date. She said deputies’ safety, scheduling and other factors are reasons she cannot disclose the time of an officer-involved eviction.

The eviction was upheld in September after the California Supreme Court declined to hear the center’s case to stay at the location. The center said it felt it was wrongfully evicted.

The Recreation and Park Department plans to turn the site into a community garden.

Ed Dunn, director of the center, said recyclables are still being accepted while staff members pack up the operation.

Dunn said members of the recycling center have not met with the Mayor’s Office since October, but they hope they can start those meetings again.

“We’d like to get back on track of talking about relocation, not elimination,” Dunn said.

As the center waits for assistance from the Sheriff’s Department, the Small Business Commission is preparing for the aftermath once the recycling center is gone. According to state law, there must be a place within a half-mile of a supermarket, often known as a “convenience zone,” to redeem recyclables.

Once the recycling center moves, it falls on local businesses and grocery stores to buy back bottles and cans. If not, businesses face fines for each day they do not offer redemptions.

The commission will discuss these zones at its Monday meeting. Regina Dick-Endrizzi, executive director of the commission, said the impact the zones have on small businesses is a necessary topic of discussion, and the closing of the recycling center is convenient timing.

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

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