Saturday, December 29th was the last day to get your deposit back on bottles and cans at 780 Frederick Street. Today, the center is open from 12-4 for donated recycling and community gathering. We are working on a plan to relocate as many willing gardeners to new locations in San Francisco and donate the remaining resources to other urban agriculture projects.
The video documents some of the last ever buyback recyclers at the center including myself. We were able to collect a wide variety of stories from people who came by, a few are in today’s video and others will turn up later in the documentary, 780 Frederick.
It seemed to be therapeutic to have the camera there. Ed Dunn, Executive Director of HANC, dubbed it the “video shrink”. Maybe it was helpful to talk about the loss we were all experiencing amidst the chaos of breaking down over thirty years worth of environmentally based community programs. It felt historic and certainly it signaled the end of very definite progressive era in San Francisco.
Come say hello, come say goodbye, bring your last bits of cardboard, foil, plastic, paper, and glass. We will be there documenting it all, sharing our stories, our sadness and our plans for the future. See you there.
Jake Sigg of Nature News,a well renowned environmentalist, had these recent words to say about HANC’s work: