DEFENDING THE CHINESE RECYCLERS

Last Monday, District 5 Supervisor, Christina Olague, held a special hearing during the City Operations and Neighborhood Services committee meeting at City Hall.  The topic was recycling and the issue was stealing.  Stealing from recycle bins is a major threat to Kezar Gardens’ recycling operation.  KG is often blamed for theft and the city is in the process of evicting the center as a measure to curb poaching from blue bins in the Golden Gate Park area.  The hearing was an important discussion that help illuminate and differentiate the types of recycling happening in the city and separate recycling centers from the stealing conversation.  Part of that success was due to Kezar Gardens staff member, Wei Ze Wu.  Wei Ze speaks three different Chinese languages and was hired to help facilitate the overwhelming numbers of Chinese recyclers that patronize Kezar Gardens every single day.  He speaks in his native Cantonese using a translator and tells the officials about the Chinese who recycle and how his own job will be in jeopardy if the recycling center is closed down.  Hear his testimony on today’s video blog.