It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly 2 years since the National Park Service removed the garbage cans from the Ocean Beach promenade in what it called an experiment “that would encourage visitors to pack in & pack out”.
The experiment was met with public displeasure as dog walkers and picnickers had to carry their waste home, and the waste on Ocean Beach, especially around bonfires in the summer season, did not appear to decrease. Piles of garbage were often left next to stairwells, and trash continues to litter the beach.
Check out KRON-4’s Stanley Roberts video below when he found “People Behaving Badly” with their trash at the beach.
But still, the NPS buried their heads in the sand and refused to bring the cans back. Their desire for visitors to treat Ocean Beach – a public, well-trafficked beach – like a pristine wilderness, didn’t come to fruition.
Enter Sandra Fewer, the Richmond District’s new Supervisor who took office in January 2017. One of her mandates was to address the garbage and littering in the Richmond District, and Ocean Beach was an obvious target.
Earlier this year she kicked off a campaign to install cigarette butt disposal cans along the beach. And now, after complaints from Ocean neighbors, she has convinced the Department of Public Works to put some garbage cans back at the beach.
Angelina Yu at Supervisor Fewer’s office tells us that city garbage cans have been installed at Ocean beach stairwells 1, 4, 7, 10, 13 and 17.
Rather than being stairwell adjacent, the cans are just inside the edge of the parking lot, presumably because it is city land (not federal like the beach and its promenade), and they will be easier for city garbage trucks to service.
“These are temporary placements that will be there until GGNRA can set up their cans,” Yu said. It’s unclear when the GGNRA will install their own cans, and if they will install as many as were previously there.
Nonetheless, it’s great to have some cans back at the beach to help visitors keep it clean. Thanks, Supervisor Fewer!