Assignment 4: No Deposit, No Return

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This documentary contains views of the San Francisco garbage dump in Brisbane circa 1965.  Landfills then lined many portions of San Francisco Bay.  It also contains material about the Bay Area Air Quality Management District's early regulation of air pollution.  The discussion around 21:30 about fires being set to automobiles in the Hunters Point area circa 1964 in order to "clean" them to salvage their metal is frighteningly amazing 50 years later.

I remember this documentary well. It was one of the first calls that we cannot continue treating garbage the way it had been done. And this was five years before Earth Day. San Francisco garbage was dumped then in Brisbane (next door). Now, the refuse that is not recyclable is hauled out of state to be dumped.

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