Yay, Earth Day! They care so much about the environment. The pot event costs the city between $80,000 and $100,000 per year to clean up.
Attendees of the annual 4/20 pot celebration left behind almost 15,000 pounds of trash at the Golden Gate Park.
The cleanup crew began work at 6 a.m. and did not leave until 10 p.m.
“Not exactly a leave no trace moment out there,” commented Phil Ginsburg, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department manager.
The crews picked up “countless bottles of Shasta soda, beer cans, Fruit Loops boxes and butts.” Last year, the workers picked up more than 17,000 pounds of trash.
In what has become an annual tradition, at least 10,000 people gathered to smoke pot on Hippie Hill, despite the park’s smoking ban.
The celebration was not without drama. Around 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, a stampede broke out after witnesses said someone pulled out a gun. A separate armed robbery was also reported.
“We definitely have public safety concerns…SFPD had 30, 40 officers out here, we had our entire park ranger unit out here. So we’re very relieved that the event ended safely,” Ginsburg said.