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August 2015 Marina News

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Click here to read the August 2015 Marina Newsletter

Planning a Home Upgrade?

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If you are planning any home upgrades, check out the available rebates and incentives offered on the San Mateo County Energy Watch website. There are rebates and incentives available for Homes, Businesses, Schools, Farms, Non-profits and Public Facilities. Learn how you can save water, energy, reduce waste and save money.  A link to San Mateo County Energy Watch's Rebates & Incentives page has also been linked on the following page under Energy Efficiency:

http://www.brisbaneca.org/sustainability

Skatepark Fundraising

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A total of $7,514.25 has been raised by the Community through t-shirt sales, the Downtown Brisbane Car Show (which is back for a 3rd consecutive year on July 11, 2015), and other private donations.  At their meeting on May 7, 2015, the City Council stated their support for the Community to raise a total of $36,000 to cover the extra features not included in the Skatepark’s Approved Concept Plan, such as a water fountain and its connection to the water main, landscaping and seating, more aesthetic fencing, and additional lighting.  Taking into account the already-raised $7,514.25, the Mothers of Brisbane, who are spearheading the fundraising efforts, are estimating that the Community can raise another $12,500 through brick sales to arrive at $20,000 in cash donations.  The remaining $16,000 they’re estimating will be met through in-kind donations such as asking for volunteers to assist with demolition of the current Skatepark, grading, drainage, and getting the water fountain installed.  So please reserve your brick by August 1, 2015 (final day forms & payment will be accepted is Monday, August 3rd), which will be showcased at the Skatepark within the sidewalk just outside the park’s entrance.  Thank you for your continued support of the Skatepark, which is scheduled to break ground this Fall!

Commit to a Brick Donor Form.  Please bring to City Hall (Finance Dept.) with a check made out to the City of Brisbane.

In addition, look out for these coin/dollar collection jugs around town!  There are forms to "Commit to a Brick" there but you would need to mail or drop off at City Hall.

This one is located in our amazing Brisbane Hardware Shop!  Every little bit counts!

Day in the Park & Derby 2015

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Please save the Date!  This year's Day in the Park Festival will take place on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 10am - 5pm.  The Derby will start beforehand at 8am.  This year marks the 29th anniversary of Brisbane Day in the Park Festival and the 9th anniversary of the Brisbane Derby. 

There will be new games, prizes, and entertainment, along with an Arts & Crafts Fair where you will find handmade items under the Arts & Crafts Pavilion, so please take the entire family with you and enjoy...a Day in the Park!

If you're interested in having a booth, please see the associated application/questionnaire and information sheets.  Booth space will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Community Group Questionnaire

Arts & Crafts Fair Application | Arts & Crafts Fair Information

Commercial/Non-Community Group Application | Commercial/Non-Community Group Information

For any questions about the Day in the Park Festival, please contact Caroline Cheung at (415) 508-2157 or ccheung@ci.brisbane.ca.us .  For any questions about the Brisbane Derby, please contact Steve Beaty at (415) 508-2144 or sbeaty@ci.brisbane.ca.us.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 7/31/2015


In Loving Memory of
Tony Hansen
Sept. 22, 1935 – July 30, 2015
Long-time Brisbane Resident Since 1947
Private Services


Posted 7/25/2015


Concerts In the Park
Pop Fiction
Party Band playing 70’s through 2000’s
Fri., July 31, 6:00-8:30pm, Comm. Park


Free Food for Seniors Age 60+
Sign up at the Sunrise Room, 2 Visitacion
Monday, 7/27 2:30 - 3:30pm
Wednesday, 7/29 2:00 - 3:00pm

Caltrain Construction Work

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Over the next several months, Caltrain will be performing work within the railroad right-of-way in Brisbane as part of the Advanced Signal System Project to upgrade the safety, performance, and operating efficiency of the Peninsula’s commuter rail system.   There is no scheduled activity in Brisbane the week of August 2 - 6, 2015.

The Advanced Signal System, also called Communications Based Overlay Signal System (CBOSS) Positive Train Control (PTC) will equip the corridor with federally-mandated safety technology and increase system capacity to help accommodate future ridership demand. The Project will monitor and, if necessary, control train movement in the event of human error. This will increase safety by:

  • Eliminating the risk of train-to-train collisions
  • Reducing risk of potential derailments by enforcing speed limits
  • Providing additional safety for railroad workers on the tracks
  • Improving grade crossing performance to reduce gate downtime and improve local traffic circulation

The CBOSS PTC system is scheduled to be operational by 2015 and is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program, which will electrify the Caltrain Corridor by 2019.  An electrified Caltrain will be cleaner and quieter and will upgrade the system to provide faster and/or more frequent service to more stations and riders.

To implement the CBOSS PTC system, there are several installation phases (boring, conduit, fiber pulling, testing) that will occur within Caltrain's right-of-way, usually at night (8pm to 6am) in order to maintain regular train service.  Testing of the fiber cable and the overall system is scheduled for spring 2015.  Residents may experience some minor installation noise during this time.  For more information, please view the Caltrain's CBOSS PTC Project page or contact Caltrain at (650) 508-6499; e-mail: caltrainptc@samtrans.com .

Let's Go Solar Together Brisbane!

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Peninsula SunShares is nearing its July 31st registration deadline and the City of Brisbane would like to encourage community members to sign up to find out if solar could be a good fit for your home.

The program launched in April and over the last four months more than 715 homeowners have enrolled.  To date there are 100 projects being installed throughout the Bay Area totaling 440 kilowatts of reliable solar power.  If you're curious where Brisbane stands, 25 homes have registered for the program and 8 systems have already been installed or are pending installation!  The final deadline to take advantage of the program’s reduced pricing is the end of August when all contracts must be signed.

Together, we’re creating a planet run by the sun - faster!

Installing solar not only helps to support local greenhouse gas reduction and air quality goals that the City of Brisbane is working to achieve, but also helps you lock in low electricity rates for the next 20 years.  Sounds pretty good, right?  No wonder solar is the fastest growing source of energy in the U.S.

The City of Brisbane is participating in Peninsula SunShares with neighboring communities to pool the power of our community to get more competitive pricing from solar companies, while reducing the complexity of going solar.

If you live in the greater Bay Area and are a homeowner, you are eligible to participate.  Learn more by visiting the program website: http://www.mygroupenergy.com/peninsula

Next Steps: 

  1. Sign up to receive a no-cost proposal from one of the program’s pre-selected contractors by July 31st.
  2. If you decide to move forward with your solar installation, sign your contract by August 31st to take advantage of federal tax credits that expire soon and the discounted program pricing.
  3. Help spread the word! More participants mean a better deal for you and more reliable solar power for our community.

July-Dec. 2015 Shuttle Stickers

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We wanted to assure Brisbane shuttle riders that you may still ride the Commute.org shuttles using the Jan-June 2015 sticker for the next 2 weeks.  Afterwards, all riders will need to have the Jul-Dec. 2015 shuttle sticker displayed on their shuttle card.  The City will be mailing out the July-Dec. 2015 stickers next week to all riders in the system, so rest assured!  Thank you for using the free commuter shuttles and should you have any questions, please contact Commute.org at (650) 588-8171.

Beacon Community of the Week

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The City of Brisbane was selected by the Institute for Local Government (ILG) as being their Beacon Community of the Week.  Many thanks to the Open Space and Ecology Committee and Public Works Department for ensuring that Brisbane is a leader in best practices for stormwater pollution prevention as well as takes advantage of oportunties to promote sustainability.

Brisbane is officially a participant in the Beacon Program, which is sponsored by the Institute for Local Government and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative.  The Beacon Program recognizes cities and counties statewide that are working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save energy and adopt policies and programs that promote sustainability.  If Brisbane is nominated for an award, it will be announced on October 1st at the League of Cities conference, taking place this year in San Jose, Sept. 30 - Oct. 2nd.

 

2014 Water Quality Report

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A few months ago you may have noticed a 1/3 sheet of paper included with your water/sewer bill announcing the release of the 2014 Consumer Confidence Report/Water Quality Report.  The purpose of this annual report is to raise customers' awareness of where their drinking water comes from, the quality of their drinking water, and the importance of protecting drinking water resources.  If you would like a paper copy of the 2014 Water Quality Report mailed to your residence or would like to speak with someone about the report, please call the Public Works Dept. at (415) 508-2130.  Hard copies of the report are also available to pick up at City Hall.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 7/21/2015


Friends of the Brisbane Library
Citywide Garage Sale
July 25, 9am - 3pm
www.fobl.com


Concerts in the Park presents
Buffalo BBQ Band
Playing Country Music
Fri., July 24, 6pm - 8:30pm

Zipcar: A Car-Sharing Service

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Have you noticed two white cars in the Park & Ride Lot?  Those are the new Zipcars, a car-sharing service .  The Open Space and Ecology Committee recommended the service to the Council, which they approved in November of 2013. 

As an environmentally friendly transportation option, Zipcar will help to reduce Brisbane’s carbon footprint.  National studies have shown that average vehicle miles traveled per driver is reduced by 40% when car owners switch to car sharing.  Take advantage of these cars located right in central Brisbane by signing up at www.zipcar.com today!

Mission Blue-berry Pancake Breakfast

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Join San Bruno Mountain Watch (Mountain Watch) on Sunday, August 9th from 9am-12pm for their 6th annual Mission Blue-berry Pancake Breakfast at the Mission Blue Nursery in Brisbane (3401 Bayshore Blvd.).  This event will feature Mountain Watch’s secret-recipe blueberry pancakes and encourage community members to “eat an invasive” by trying their famous blackberry syrup, made from invasive Himalayan blackberries found on San Bruno Mountain.  In addition to the breakfast, the event includes a Native Plant Sale, featuring several beautiful native plant species that are drought-resistant and thrive in our local ecosystem.

The Mission Blue-berry Pancake Breakfast is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.  Tickets are available at the event or online through Brown Paper Tickets (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1810205).

Are you interested in protecting and preserving San Bruno Mountain for future generations to enjoy?  If so, visit Mountain Watch’s website at www.mountainwatch.org or like them on Facebook (under San Bruno Mountain Watch or Mission Blue Nursery).  You can also join them for a day of habitat restoration or a breathtaking hike with gorgeous views of the Bay Area!  They would love for you or a group from your business to join them.

If you can't make it to the August 9th plant sale, the Mission Blue Nursery is open by appointment Thursday - Saturday with a $100 minimum-order.  Call their office at 415-467-6631 to schedule an appointment.

Draft Climate Action Plan

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The Open Space and Ecology Committee has begun drafting and would like to know your opinion on the measures proposed to be included in the City’s Climate Action Plan.  This important plan will determine how our community will decrease greenhouse gas emissions to meet the State of California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32) goals by of a reduction in emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020.  Read the Climate Action Plan draft outline and proposed measures and come voice your ideas at the next Open Space and Ecology Committee meeting on Wednesday, July 15 at 6:30pm in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall.

Slides for Wednesday's OSEC Meeting

Signboard Postings

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Posted 7/13/2015


Orange Flags on Visitacion
Street Sweeping Change
No parking
Wednesdays 3am - 6am


Citywide Yard Sale
July 25, 9am - 3 pm
www.fobl.info

 

Signboard Postings

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Posted 7/10/2015


City Council Nomination Papers
Available July 13
Call City Clerk for info 415-508-2113


Downtown Brisbane Car Show
Saturday July 11, 8am - 4pm
Support the Schools & Skatepark


Brisbane Summer Concert Series
The Allmond Brothers Clan
Friday July 10, 6:00-8:30 pm
Free and Open to Public

2015 City Council Election

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Last night, the City Council approved a resolution to hold a General Municipal Election on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.  Every November in odd number years, such an election is held to fill City Council seats.  This year, the election will be held to fill two seats. 

If you are interested in running for City Council this coming November then you’ll want to be aware of the following information.

The election this year will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 and will be to elect two (2) City Council members.

The nomination period is between July 13th and August 7th (or August 12th if an incumbent fails to file.)  The first day you can pick up nomination papers is on July 13th.  Please make an appointment with City Clerk Sheri Spediacci before coming to City Hall, 50 Park Place, Brisbane, to do so.  Nomination papers are due August 7, 2015, or August 12, 2015 if an incumbent fails to file.

If you would like more information on the nomination or election process, please contact Sheri Spediacci, City Clerk, at (415) 508-2113 or cityclerk@ci.brisbane.ca.us.

 

Summer Concerts Line-up

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We're pround to announce the line-up for the 2015 Summer Concert Series!

July 3, The Hot Rods (Classic Oldies)

July 10, The Allmond Brothers Clan. (70's rock)

July 17, Andre Thierry (Zydeco)

July 24, Buffalo BBQ (Brisbane Locals Night)

July 31, Pop Fiction (Northern California's premier party band)

August 7, Hairstrike (80's rock tribute band)

The Concerts are every Friday, July 3 through August 7. 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Community Park (11 Old County Rd., Brisbane).

Probably THE most important aspect of the planning process is sponsorship, as this summertime tradition is only made possible due to the generous tax-deductible donations made by Brisbane businesses as well as local families who have come to eagerly anticipate the Concert Series each year.  Do you also enjoy the bands and think the Concerts add value to the community?  Then consider being a sponsor!  Sponsorship levels this year range from Platinum to Bronze, but all sponsors will be recognized by the City Council, in all City publications (print and online), and of course, on the concert banner that will be hung on the Gazebo in the Community Park which the bands play under.  Click here to show your support of Concerts in the Park or on the donor form below (click to enlarge).  If you have any questions, please contact Recreation Supervisor Steve Beaty at sbeaty@ci.brisbane.ca.us or (415) 508-2143.  Thank you in advance for your support of the Concerts!

Street Sweeping Change Beg. 7/8

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Street sweeping of commercial streets will increase in frequency from twice a month to weekly, starting Wednesday, July 8th.  Commercial streets include Visitacion Avenue from San Francisco Avenue to Klamath Street, which will be signed for No Parking between 3am and 6am each Wednesday morning.  You may notice the orange flags highlighting the new signs.  The Police Department will begin an education campaign regarding the new parking restrictions and will begin issuing citations in August.

Other streets classified as commercial that will be swept each week include the streets in Crocker Park and on Sierra Point, the Tunnel Avenue area, and other non-residential streets such as Bayshore Boulevard, Old County Road, Industrial Way and San Bruno Ave.  Most of the commercial streets are swept early in the morning, before vehicles arrive to park for the work day.  One exception is San Bruno Avenue, which is swept between 8am and 11am to minimize impacts to residents who park there overnight.  While citations are not issued on San Bruno Avenue for cars parked during the scheduled street sweeping times, people are encouraged to move their parked cars weekly during those hours to allow for the most debris to be picked up from the street and gutter.

Street sweeping is required by the Municipal Regional Permit issued by the Regional Water Quality Control Board and is one of several means utilized to keep trash out of the storm drain system and out of the lagoon, the bay and the ocean.  For any questions about the City's street sweeping program, please contact the Public Works Dept. at (415) 508-2130.

 

Signboard Postings

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Posted 7/1/2015


Play Soccer
Sign up @ eayso.org
Brisbane AYSO #1344


Brisbane PD reminds you that:
All fireworks are
prohibited in Brisbane.
Even safe and sane fireworks.

 

Fourth of July Safety

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The City of Brisbane does not allow or permit the use of fireworks, and that includes Safe and Sane fireworks.  If the public is aware of fireworks being sold or used within their neighborhood, they are encouraged to contact the Police Department with the information at (415) 467-1212. 

We need the public’s assistance in avoiding the use of illegal fireworks, which can cause fires, injury or even death and may exceed or overwhelm emergency response resources.  Know that fines and penalties for the distribution and/or use of illegal fireworks have increased and will be strictly enforced.

For more information about Fireworks Safety, please see this media advisory from North County Fire Authority.

Skatepark Update

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On June 30th, skatepark design consultant Spohn Ranch held the final Community Workshop to get feedback on certain design features for the proposed new Brisbane Skatepark.  Comments such as a safe path between the skate spot and the main skate area, rideability comments from skaters, and fencing types and locations of entrances were discussed.  With the feedback, Spohn Ranch will continue with development of plans and specifications for bidding by contractors.  The construction documents are expected to be brought to the City Council for approval and authorization to advertise for bidding by contractors in late summer.

If you haven’t yet reserved your personalized brick at the Skatepark, you have until August 1st to do so.  The Mothers of Brisbane are spearheading this community fundraising effort, which they’ve coined, “Commit to a Brick”.  Tax-deductible donations are $200 for a Business/Nonprofit Brick and $100 for a Family/Individual Brick.  The bricks themselves will be showcased at the Skatepark just outside the park’s entrance.  Forms can be found on the City’s website or one of three locations: City Hall, the Pool, and at Brisbane Hardware.  You’ll find the forms attached to a collection jug, like this one at Brisbane Hardware; every penny counts towards building the Skatepark!   Thank you for your continued support of the skatepark, which is scheduled to break ground this Fall!

July 2015 Marina News

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Click here to read the July 2015 Marina Newsletter.

OSEC Library Shelf

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The Open Space & Ecology Committee have been busy curating items in various media formats centered around environmental issues, such as energy, waste & waste management, water, climate change, food, pollution, and habitat.  This list is created by committee members of the Open Space and Ecology Committee with items of their choice.  Books and videos will be available to check out from the Brisbane Library, located at 250 Visitacion Ave. on the dedicated OSEC shelf (shown left).

Visit the OSEC Library Shelf page on the City's website to view newly curated items: http://brisbaneca.org/osec-library-shelf

Thank you to the Brisbane Library staff for their assistance in this project!

July 2nd Council Meeting Canceled

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The City Council Meeting of July 2, 2015 has been canceled.

The next City Council Meeting will be held on July 16, 2015.

Skatepark Community Workshop

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During the workshops held for the conceptual design of the new skatepark, community members asked for one final workshop to comment on the design details that were not included at the conceptual design level.  Now that the survey work and geotechnical reports are completed, consultant Spohn Ranch is beginning the final design and preparation of construction documents suitable for bidding by contractors. 

On Tuesdasy, June 30, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room at Brisbane City Hall, stakeholders and interested parties will have the an opportunity to review modifications to skate features per stakeholder requests, as well as project details not available at the conceptual design level, for example the location of the entrance and seating, plus aesthetic features that reflect the identity of the community, including coloring of some of the concrete.  The approved conceptual design (shown above), which was adopted by the City Council at its March 19, 2015 meeting, also has the support of the Teen Services Subcommittee of the Parks and Recreation Commission as well as the overwhelming support of the stakeholders that attended the prior community workshops and otherwise submitted comments.  This last design meeting will be to review and comment on design details that had not been available at the previous workshops.  Thank you to all the community members who have stayed involved in the planning and design process for the new Brisbane Skatepark!

Questions or comments should be submitted to Project Manager Karen Kinser, (415) 508-2133, or kkinser@ci.brisbane.ca.us.

Brisbane's Community Garden

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For the past several decades, a worm bin has been maintained by avid gardeners at the Community Garden, located on San Francisco Ave. next to Old Quarry Rd.  And, in recent years, the rich compost that it produces has been gaining recognition at the San Mateo County Fair, where Brisbane was recognized with a divisional rosette last week!  In other words, best in class!

If you're new to composting, it really is a science.  Within the Sustainable Living section of the County Fair, samples of compost submitted by individuals, groups, and communities across the County were mixed with a precise amount of water before they were placed under a microscope and their organisms counted.  Our compost was deemed to be the most "alive" in this microscopic evaluation than all the other entries.  Congratulations to Tyler Coon, Betsy Da Silva, and Susan Sullivan Maynard for all your hard work at the Community Garden and fair submissions over the years!  Your winnings have not only enhanced the Community Garden with prize money going towards Garden enhancements, but showcasing to the rest of the County that Brisbane is truly environmentally-progressive and takes sustainability seriously!

For more pictures of Brisbane's Community Garden, please click here to view its album on Flickr.

City Budget Update

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At last night's City Council meeting, the Council approved the City's 2015-2016 Budget.  The previous three budget hearings on June 8, June 9, and June 15 and last night's budget adoption are paramount evenings for the Council, as it is the City’s budget which ultimately sets the course of action for the upcoming fiscal year (the City's fiscal year runs from July 1 – June 30). 

Several projects worth highlighting that are included in next year's budget are:

  • Implementation of the Complete Streets Safety Committee's Safe Pedestrian Routes to School Plan (signage, high-visibility ladder-style crosswalks, ramps, etc.)
  • Precise Plan for re-envisioning the entrance to town at Bayshore/Old County, including the Brisbane Village Shopping Center, Bank of America lot, and re-zoning several adjacent lots within the Crocker Park area for the purpose of housing
  • Installation of trash capture devices in the storm drains' catch basins to protect Bay waters from debris

Stay tuned for updates related to the above project areas.  We'll especially be needing your input as the Precise Plan process gets underway later this Summer.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 6/19/2015


Did You Know...
The City is on Facebook,
Twitter & Instagram?
www.brisbaneca.org


Posted 6/17/2015


Parks & Rec. Summer Sports Camps
Basketball, Volleyball, Cheerleading, Flag Football & More
Begins June 29. For info (415) 508-2144
www.brisbaneca.org


San Mateo County Energy Watch
Free energy assessment and rebates for small businesses
For more info: (650) 599-1403

 

Plastic Bag Recycling

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UPDATE - June 18, 2015, 3:30pm: Crunchy food packaging is NOT acceptable.  

Please note: the recycling bin at the Post Office is for clean soft film plastic only such as dry cleaner bags, newspaper sleeves, soft plastic bags or soft plastic wrapping from paper towels or toilet tissue. Thanks!

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Do you have plastic bags piling up in your house?  Have you tried re-using them for other purposes first?  Well if you would like to dispose of them, you can now do so at the Post Office, where a special receptacle was placed earlier today by South San Francisco Scavengers for the community to drop off clean, dry plastic bags.  Please do note the types of plastic bags that are allowed to be dropped off (click the image to view larger).  They include: dry cleaning bags, bread bags, retail bags, and produce bags.  Please do NOT drop into the receptacle salad mix bags, or other rigid plastic including packing foam or peanuts, plastic bottles, or hangers.  Thank you for disposing of your clean, dry plastic bags!

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