Tunnel Road Dump

Unfinished History


Sunset Scavenger (now Recology)'s Tunnel Road solid waste disposal facility, a.k.a. "The Dump," is adjacent to Little Hollywood, Highway 101, and the toxic waste sites in the landfill covering the northern end of what was once Brisbane Lagoon.

Photo: Chris Carlsson

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Same view—of Tunnel Road solid waste disposal facility—taken June 2020.

Photo: Ryan Kuang

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Oscar Grande, PODER environmental justice organizer, describes the decade-long process of bringing a new sensibility to the Excelsior and surrounding neighborhoods.

Video: Shaping San Francisco, 2011


A 2-day 1940 strike put a picket line in front of the dump. The strike ended on Friday, September 13, 1940, when strikers, represented by the Construction and General Laborers' Union, and employers, primarily the Easley & Brassy subcontractor, agreed to a 50 cents/day raise to $6.50 per day. At the strike's conclusion, 2000 tons of garbage were piled up in every available scavenger's truck, and 78 railway cars at 6th and 16th Streets (in today's Mission Bay). At the San Mateo county dump site in Brisbane Lagoon (behind the men in the photo above), 32 railway cars filled to the brim remained untouched after two days. (San Francisco Chronicle, Saturday, September 14, 1940)

Photo: San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library

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