The grand opening of the Whole Foods at Haight and Stanyan streets begs the question about where customers will be able to redeem their recyclables since HANC is scheduled for eviction.
State law requires that every supermarket has some sort of compensation available within a half-mile of the store’s radius. HANC would fulfill that requirement being in the parking lot of Kezar Stadium.
But if its eviction moves forward on March 4 despite Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi’s new resolution to rescind that decision, that requirement could be unsatisfied.
However, when the Recreation and Park Commission was hours away from approving a plan to oust HANC for community gardens that are in high demand, staff announced they would provide 46 recycling bins nearby.
Whole Foods spokespeople yesterday at the grand opening said they believed the new bins will probably fulfill their requirement, and that they did not have plans for on-site redemption.
Mirkarimi, who came to congratulate the store, said the recycling center and Whole Foods have absolutely nothing to do with each other. But he also said that there is no way new bins will compensate for the tons of recyclables HANC curbs a year.
However, Rec and Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg has said he has every intention of moving forward with the decision.