Oakland Resumes Cumbersome Block Occasion Disposal Occasions To Forestall Unlawful Dumping – CBS San Francisco
OAKLAND (CBS SF) – After a year of shutdown and the rise of illegal dumping, Oakland city officials are resuming monthly Bulky Block Party events to allow residents to legally dispose of large items.
The city announced that it plans to hold its first such event since the pandemic began at the city’s facility at 7101 Edgewater Drive on May 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. With the proof of residence, residents can dispose of bulky rubbish free of charge.
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Mayor Libby Schaaf said the city is officially in “spring cleaning mode” after the Bulky Block Party events were suspended in March 2020.
“After more than a year of on-site protection, we know this will be a spring cleaning season like no other,” Schaaf said in a statement. “That’s why we’re expanding these services, and I encourage all Oakland residents to take advantage of these free dump days at the Bulky Block Party to get rid of unwanted trash and keep our neighborhoods clean!”
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Events resume amid a sustained surge in illegal dumping on the streets of Oakland. According to official figures, the public works crews make more than 30,000 collections a year, almost three times the amount compared to 10 years ago. Much of the illegally dumped material comes from Oakland households.
In March, crackdown on dumping in East Oakland resulted in dozens of citations and three arrests. Nearly 60 abandoned vehicles were also found, two of which were stolen.
City officials are also fighting illegal dumping by increasing the number of Garbage Blitz crews to four – enough to deploy one team per city-designated dumping hotspots. OPW employs a total of 15 people in the crews.
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After the event on May 22, future Bulky Block Party events will take place on the last Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from June 26.