20 July 2007

San Francisco Garbage

At Tunnel Avenue, the most popular attraction -- at least for the hundreds of seagulls perched along its sides and rooftop -- is The Pit. The name fails to do justice to the 16-foot-deep, football-field-sized receptacle that serves as a holding bin for rubbish before it is repacked into larger trucks for transport to the Altamont Landfill. At capacity, The Pit could hold about 5,000 tons of trash, but it's usually filled only about a third of the way.

Interesting SF Chronicle article on San Francisco's garbage. Part of a larger series on the life of garbage.

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