Refuse Refuse is a campaign that brings together a community of individuals that care enough to demonstrate their love for San Francisco by picking up and removing the trash that litters our city. We organize cleanups, help others establish their own, and educate residents on what they can do to keep our neighborhoods, parks, beaches, and public spaces clean.
A clean environment is a basic right for everyone. Dirty streets and neighborhoods are a health and safety concern as it brings about disease, hazards, and crime. Being a coastal city, our waste directly impacts the surrounding ocean and bay. Beyond that, the habit of cleanliness displays a sense of civic pride that percolates into other aspects of the community and demonstrates our love of this amazing city.
Just another San Franciscan that cares about a clean environment. He started out cleaning his block with his two daughters (aged 5 and 7). Then he discovered others already picking up trash and spread the word to neighbors from all over the city who have joined the Refuse Refuse movement to keep the city clean. He ultimately discovered that caring for San Francisco is his greatest passion.
*As of February 2023
Vince would always complain to his neighbor that they should pick up the trash they walked through on their way to their kid's school together, but of course never did. Refuse Refuse was born out of the pandemic when he was looking for outdoor activities for his daughters and finally bought a couple trash pickers. After exploring why San Francisco was so dirty and researching models to keep cities clean, Vince realized that education and the actions of residents could address this challenge. So he threw up a website, posted it on social media, and Refuse Refuse was conceived.