Just in time for Earth Day, The San Francisco Examiner is launching a new initiative to recover and recycle home-delivered copies of the newspaper that go unused due to vacations or other temporary circumstances.
Effective Sunday, the Green Team will patrol city streets on Thursdays and Sundays to retrieve and repurpose such papers.
Residents who wish to report issues, or who no longer want to receive the paper, can reach the Green Team at (415) 359-2657 or by email to GreenTeam@sfexaminer.com.
“This is something we should have been doing for years,” said President and Publisher Todd Vogt, who returned The San Francisco Examiner to local ownership in late 2011. “It’s not only environmentally appropriate, but it’s also our duty as responsible San Francisco citizens.”
The initiative was devised in response to inquiries from many readers and residents, including Supervisor Scott Wiener.
“I’m glad The Examiner is taking this seriously,” Wiener said. “The Examiner is an important local voice in local news coverage and it’s good that it has strong circulation in The City, but we want to make sure that we are respecting our sidewalks, and this moves us in the right direction.”