In the Works - Community Newsletter In the Works April 2017 - Page 35

Public Works, in partnership with Mayor Ed Lee and District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen, rolled out the Yes We Can! pilot program in the Mission District this month to make more public trash cans available. The goal: Reduce litter. The City installed an additional 38 garbage cans along the Mission Street corridor between 14th and Cesar Chavez streets, for a total of 73 cans. We will track – through 311 service requests and on-site evaluations – whether the additional receptacles result in less litter and fewer complaints. Yes We Can! will expand to other neighborhoods if the Mission Street experiment proves successful. While it may seem counterintuitive, past experience has found that garbage cans actually can add to the litter problem when scavengers rummage through them and scatter the unwanted trash on the sidewalk. The street cans also can become magnets for illegal dumping when people place their household or business trash in and around them instead of paying for the legally required refuse pickup at their properties. Because of the problems, the City removed more than 1,000 public trash cans from the sidewalks a decade ago. There now are some 3,200 sidewalk cans. Our aim with Yes We Can! is to find the sweet spot that provides more places for people to dispose of their trash properly, while not adding to the litter problem with people using the cans inappropriately. April 2017 - San Francisco Public Works Newsletter