Richmond clean-up month

by Jake McGoldrick

This month, let's join the Community Clean Team and clean up the Richmond District! The SF Department of Public Works (DPW) is teaming up with people like you to offer a community clean up and free recycling, compost and bulky item drop off.

On Saturday, July 12, between 8 a.m. and noon at Ocean Beach (Great Highway at Fulton Street), large containers will be available from Sunset Scavenger's Gigantic 3 program to help Richmond residents recycle, compost and drop off bulky items. This drop off is only available for residents and you need to bring proof of San Francisco residency to participate.

Residents will be able to dispose of a variety of items, from yard waste to used motor oil.

Acceptable green waste and compostable items consist of yard waste, landscaping debris, clean wood and waxed cardboard.

Large and bulky items that will be accepted are curbside recyclable materials (cans, glass bottles, cardboard and all paper), appliances, scrap metal, mattresses and box springs. Also, Goodwill Industries will be on hand to recycle and reuse computer equipment (limit five per household), and will be accepting clothing or furniture donations as well.

Non-recyclable, non-compostables and other wastes that are OK to bring for disposal consist of plastic bags, styrofoam, ceramics, light bulbs, painted or treated wood, used motor oil, oil filters, household batteries, intact fluorescent bulbs and tubes. For more information, call 552-9201.

This is a great opportunity for some summer cleaning, and I strongly encourage you to take advantage of this great city service.

Community clean-up events will take place on Saturday, July 12, from 9 a.m. to noon. The Community Clean Team, a citywide volunteer program presented by DPW in partnership with the SF Recreation and Park Department, San Francisco Parks Trust, Green Connect and the SF Unified School District, will be at Ocean Beach, Park Presidio Boulevard and the Argonne Community Garden. Supplies for clean-up and lunch will be provided. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

The Ocean Beach clean-up will be the main kick-off site for the Community Clean Team, which is working with the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

Volunteers in the Park Presidio location will be weeding and removing ivy from the median, edging sidewalks and picking up litter.

There will also be opportunities at the Argonne Community Garden, on Cabrillo Street at 15th Avenue, for greening and beautifying the garden.

To participate as an individual or as a neighborhood group or to get more information, contact 385-7778. We encourage people to RSVP to volunteer for these events so the organizers know how many supplies and lunches to bring.

Ocean Beach Vision Council Meeting

On July 10, from 6 to 8 p.m., members of the Ocean Beach Vision Council (OBVC) will hold a public Town Hall Meeting to discuss the goals of the organization. The meeting will provide a chance for the diverse council members to introduce themselves and speak about their involvement with the OBVC.

The purpose of the OBVC is to build a long-term strategy to develop the unique character of Ocean Beach. Through a combination of technical work and public meetings, the OBVC will propose environmentally sustainable alternatives for Ocean Beach and, by next year, will present a draft master plan outlining a vision for the beach.

The meeting will take place at the SF Zoo, in the Osher Great Hall in the Lurie Education Center, from 6 to 8 p.m. If you are not able to make the meeting, but would like to include your comments, you can e-mail my aide Cassandra Costello at [email protected].

Jake McGoldrick is a San Francisco supervisor representing District 1.