'Sanctuary city' picks up trash for Federal government shutdown over border wall

Blessed with an abundance of National Park attractions right in the midst of their metropolis, San Francisco leaders have decided not to let garbage pile up.

SF Examiner shares:

Trash has been piling up at San Francisco landmarks run by the National Park Service during the federal government shutdown, but city officials are now stepping in to pick up some of the slack.

Public Works started trash collection Wednesday at Lands End, which is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, picking up piles of refuse that had built up near garbage cans since the shutdown started Dec. 22.

Now, Public Works officials told the San Francisco Examiner, they'll also pick up trash at Aquatic Park.

The focus will be on servicing public garbage cans and the areas immediately around them "that we can immediately access," said Rachel Gordon, a spokesperson for Public Works.

That means city staff won't be making any long hikes through Lands End for pickups any time soon, but the department is asking people to remember to "pack it in, and pack it out," to help play a part in keeping the parks safe and clean.

"We're stepping in because it's still part of San Francisco," Gordon said. "We want a good experience for our visitors and residents there."

Pictured is Muir Beach, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Volunteers have been picking up garbage in the GGNRA, but traffic in and out becomes a nightmare due to the lack of signage, narrow roads, locked parking lots, and lack of space for the many, many disappointed visitors to turn around.