SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Protesters briefly gathered this morning to voice their opposition to the eviction of San Francisco’s last non-profit recycling centers.

The San Francisco Sheriff’s Office would not give an exact date and time for the eviction but say it’s own their calendar.

Unlike other for-profit centers, it gives people redeeming bottle and cans the full redemption value.

But it’s on property owned by Safeway, which began the eviction process last month.


“It’s about responding to the pressure of affluent and wealthy communities moving into this area,” said Coalition on Homelessness organizer Lisa Marie Alatorre. “The majority of people who come to this space with large bags tend be folks that need the money the most.”

About 300 people came to redeem recyclables here each day. Now the nearest center is in the Bay View District, and it’s for-profit, so the items are worth less.

People in the area are happy to see the recycling center go claiming they were not good neighbors.

Safeway declined to comment on why they weren’t moving forward with eviction yet.