SF’s Dirty Dozen

sf_needle.jpgThe results of the city’s recently commissioned study on litter is in. And they’ve flagged the most popular usual suspects. The cigarette butts are what personally annoy me the most. Most sidewalks (especially outside bars, clubs and restaurants) look like the aftermath of exploded nicotine piƱatas. These are so absent-mindedly tossed onto the sidewalks by folks – who in the next smokily exhaled breath – will more than likely proclaim: “I never litter.” Uhm, ya just did. Thankfully, the often spotted downtown item at left is not among the top 12. [ick]

“The Dirty Dozen is the six most found items and six most found brands. In order of frequency, the top six items are gum, paper (receipts, napkins and newspapers), broken glass, plastic, candy wrappers, cigarette butts and empty cigarette packs. The top six brands are McDonalds, Muni transfers, Marlboro, Burger King, Starbucks, and, tied for sixth place, Safeway, FedEx, and Jack in the Box. Fast food restaurants account for the greatest amount of litter generated by the Dirty Dozen.”

6 Comments so far

  1. brett (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 12:20 pm

    perhaps a tax on fast food to be used to clean up the litter is in order


  2. ficklepixel (unregistered) on July 22nd, 2007 @ 12:00 pm

    1. I agree with Brett. San Francisco should be taxing food taken to-go, not food eaten where it is purchased. The city currently has its current tax method entirely backwards.

    2. I am appauled that this survey did not include human waste on in its criteria for litter. It is by far this city’s biggest litter problem and it severely tarnishes San Francisco’s image.


  3. anna (unregistered) on July 22nd, 2007 @ 5:06 pm

    thank god we don’t have the parisian dog-shit problem.


  4. richard (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 12:13 pm

    No shit ficklepixel… pun intended. I’ve cleaned up human feces on way way way too many occasions. And the mere fact that I am complaining about it here makes me less compassionate, at least according the the dipshits that support Chris Daly. As if somehow letting people shit and piss on the streets is “compassionate”.


  5. Brian (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 3:02 pm

    I have literally never seen human waste on the streets (maybe I have, though, and just didn’t realize that it didn’t come from a dog). I know a lot of people talk about it, but seriously I have never seen it, and I live in downtown (and I’m not talking Nob Hill). Where do you guys live where this is such a huge problem??

    I HAVE, however, seen the occasional hypodermic needle. THAT is gross and dangerous, I think.


  6. SEAN (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 3:06 pm

    Good God. For starters, just walk through some of the side alleys in SOMA. And watch your step! Next on the tour, The Mission, Tenderloin, even allegedly posh Hayes Valley…



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