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Monday, February 28, 2011

Haight Recycling Center Advocates to Stage Protest Using Recyled Chains

Posted By on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 1:39 PM

click to enlarge Preserving a recycling center...does it get more 'earthy' than that?
  • Preserving a recycling center...does it get more 'earthy' than that?

Leading by example, advocates of the HANC Recycling Center in the Haight have pledged to scrounge up used chains so they can literally link themselves to the shuddered center come Friday when it's slated to permanently close.

More than 1,000 people are saying they will chain themselves together in an act of civil disobedience that San Francisco hasn't enjoyed in quite some time.

"Scrap prices for steel are through the roof so this is a good time to recycle," says Ed Dunn, executive director of HANC Recycling.

In a last ditch effort to save the recycling center in Golden Gate Park,

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, who represents that district, pushed a

resolution through today's committee hearing, urging Mayor Ed Lee to

reverse a decision to evict the neighborhood's recycling center. The

resolution will go to the full board tomorrow for a vote but as everyone

knows that legislative act is nothing more than a toothless statement.

Still, advocates

of the recycling center are hoping the resolution will buy them some

time to reopen discussions about the center, which will be

replaced with a community gardens. Critics, namely the Chronicle's C.W. Nevius, have made the closure of the recycling center all that much easier by claiming it has served as an ATM for the homeless who congregate in the area.

If the city's pols indeed move ahead with the plan to close its doors this week, Dunn says San Francisco can expect to see a mass of chain-clad humans circling the center.

"It's a little tongue and cheek," Dunn said. "But we are accepting old chains and padlocks to use for recycling."

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