Oakland residents dump trash for free at the Bulky Block Party
on September 26, 2018
The city of Oakland held its second Bulky Block Party on September 15. Of those who participated, 370 households attended and dumped 40 tons of unwanted large items for free. It’s the city’s effort to tackle illegal dumping, a problem that’s gotten worse over the past few years. Workers at the event were telling everyone that came to utilize the city’s free Bulky Pickup service that could be arranged with a phone call. Each household is entitled to one free curbside pickup service a year.
Mayor Libby Schaaf said the city’s trying everything to address the issue, from expanding the citywide garbage pickup crew to hiring the environmental enforcement officers to find the dumpers. But some residents who live near an illegal dumping hotspot in East Oakland said the situation has never improved.
The next and last Bulky Block Party is scheduled on September 29, at Engineer Road and Wake Avenue.
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