Recycle, compost popup coming to Dolores Park 

click to enlarge Mission Dolores Park - PHOTO BY MIKE KOOZMIN
  • Photo by Mike Koozmin
  • Mission Dolores Park
Recycle and compost options will soon be available at the popular Dolores Park, which has seen a soaring number of visitors — and, subsequently, trash — on weekends.

Beginning Saturday, an eco popup will allow visitors to deposit compost and recycling on weekends and holidays in an effort to curb the more than 7,000 gallons of trash generated at Dolores Park each weekend, at least 65 percent of which is compostable or recyclable, according to Recreation and Parks Department officials.

Staff and volunteers at the popup will separate beverage containers, pizza boxes and other items discarded from picnics into separate metal bins designated for recycling, compost and trash.

“Dolores Park is a vibrant and wonderful place, and we want people to be able to enjoy it,” Supervisor Scott Wiener, whose district includes the park, said in a statement. “We also want people to respect the park — to keep it clean and usable for everyone.”

The popup will be open from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays at least through this summer.

Dolores Park has been in the midst of a $13.2 million makeover due to a parks bond passed by San Francisco voters in 2008. The renovation includes new restrooms, refurbished tennis and basketball courts, new bike racks and new pathways, among other improvements.

Most recently, large sections of grass sod were placed in Dolores Park in late March. Finishing the sports courts, paving and planting are still left on the agenda.

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Laura Dudnick

Laura Dudnick, a Bay Area native, covers education and planning for The San Francisco Examiner. She previously worked as a senior local editor for, and as the San Mateo County bureau reporter and weekend editor for Bay City News Service.
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