Efforts began this year to clean up those pesky cigarette butts that line the streets of San Francisco, especially the busier commercial corridors here in the Richmond District.
That led to the installation of several ashcans on poles along Balboa between 34th and 38th Avenues in April. The ashcans, provided by the Surfrider Foundation and paid for by the Richmond District Neighborhood Center (RDNC), allow smokers to dispose of their waste safely and cleanly.
The collected butts are shipped to a company called TerraCycle in New Jersey, where they are recycled.
Recently, another set of five ashcans was installed in the inner Richmond along the Clement Street corridor by RDNC staffer Naomi, and volunteers Yves and Brian. The custodians of these cans will be RDNC staffers that work with George Peabody Elementary School on 6th Avenue.
“This will bring awareness and educate the youth about the toxic waste that’s tossed onto our streets, and wrecking havoc onto our environment,” said Pawel Dlugosz who helped spearhead the original ashcan effort in the neighborhood.
Dlugosz says there are plans to install five more cans in the neighborhood.