Press Release

Mayor London Breed announces new investments to keep San Francisco's streets clean

As part of the Mayor’s 2 year budget proposal, $11.9 million would fund 7 new Pit Stops in high-need areas, Chinatown, SOMA, and Tenderloin Clean programs, Downtown Streets, and more.

San Francisco, CA - Mayor London N. Breed today announced a new $11.9 million investment in programs to promote cleanliness on San Francisco’s streets as part of her upcoming budget for Fiscal Years (FY) 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. This funding adds new Pit Stops, BigBelly trash cans, and increased street cleaning, with targeted investments in priority areas throughout the City.

“It is no secret that we have work to do to keep our city clean, which is why I am investing in a number of different programs to not only increase street cleaning, but keep San Francisco clean in the first place,” said Mayor Breed.

In order to increase cleanliness, $8.6 million would fund 7 new staffed portable Pit Stop public toilets, as well as 80 new BigBelly trash cans throughout the City, with targeted investments in high-need areas. The funding would also expand service hours at existing Pit Stops across the City, and maintain the 2 Pit Stops and 20 BigBelly trash cans that opened during the current budget cycle in highly-trafficked commercial areas. In total, this would fund an increase of 100 trash cans and 9 Pit Stops since Mayor Breed took office.

An additional $3.4 million in funding would enhance targeted street cleaning in neighborhoods. This includes expanding the Tenderloin Clean block sweeper program by adding an afternoon and evening shift seven days a week. It would also continue the weekend expansion of the Tenderloin Clean and SOMA Clean programs, and maintain Downtown Streets teams in the Mission and the Haight. These workforce development initiatives employ formerly incarcerated, homeless, and other hard-to-employ individuals to do targeted street cleaning in high-need neighborhoods. Finally, it would add funding for the Chinatown Clean program to operate five days a week.

“Mayor Breed’s bold budget plan for more consistent block sweeping and expanded access to clean and safe public toilets and other initiatives to keep San Francisco clean will make a perceptible difference in our neighborhoods,” said Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru. “In addition to these extra resources, we will continue working with people to do their part to keep San Francisco looking good.”

The Mayor’s full budget will be announced on Friday, May 31 and presented to the Board of Supervisors.