Recycling center supporters to clap hands for bottles and cans

The lease for the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council recycling center is up in March, but that won’t stop its supporters from fighting to reverse the decision of former Mayor Gavin Newsom and the Recreation and Parks Department.

A hearing called by Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi at the Board of Supervisors City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee takes place on Monday at 10 a.m. A group of supporters are also expected outside City Hall before the hearing to rally for the center, currently located at 788 Frederick Street along side Golden Gate Park.

Newsom’s closure of the center has set off a debate about the centers in The City. Opponents say they attract noisy bottle collectors who disturb their neighborhoods, whilel supporters say the centers provide a source of cash for low-income residents as well as a handful of green jobs.

Supervisor Scott Wiener has also taken on the cause, looking to find an alternative to giving out cash for bottles and cans at recycling centers such as the one near the Market Street Safeway.

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