The Port of San Francisco shares three key projects that have increased environmental sustainability at Fisherman's Wharf.
Big Belly Compactors
At the initiative of Rip Malloy, Property Manager for Fisherman’s Wharf, the Port conducted a pilot test of Big Belly solar-powered compactors. The compactors allow for the collection of more waste before the receptacle is full. The unit is also inaccessible to scavengers, which keeps the surrounding area much cleaner. Compared to the number of truck trips required to empty a traditional can, the Big Bellys have reduced these trips by as much as 80%. Look for Big Belly compactors at Fisherman’s Wharf to dispose of your recycling, compostable waste, and trash.
Taylor Street Pipe Replacement
Several restaurants along Taylor street have wastewater lines that run underneath the pier. This piping was old and in need of replacement. A failure of these lines could result in a discharge to the harbor’s inner lagoon. The Port recently completed a capital project to replace all of these lines. This project eliminated the risks associated with such discharges and will ensure improved water quality for decades.
Pier 45 Sustainability
Pier 45 is a vibrant and enduring hub of San Francisco’s great commercial fishing legacy. A 21st century perspective allows us to understand the potential impact this activity can have on the environment, in particular on the bay and ocean that provide the bounty that so many enjoy. Port staff have been working to introduce contemporary practices and resources to improve the sustainability of this enterprise. One such effort has been to work with the fish processors to improve the waste management resources for the many commercial fishing vessels that call on San Francisco. This initiative is leading to better management of waste generated on vessels, including waste fish gear such as used crab pots and filament lines. It is a true collaboration with clear environmental benefits.
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