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By the Numbers: Illegal dumping costs cities tons of money

Toxic roofing material was found in September 2011 on Arelious Walker Drive at Egbert Street in San Francisco's Bayview neighborhood.
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Toxic roofing material was found in September 2011 on Arelious Walker Drive at Egbert Street in San Francisco's Bayview neighborhood.
 

Someone has been dumping on Bernal Heights.

The Department of Public Works will hold a community meeting May 15 to discuss several incidents of illegal dumping during which large amounts of construction debris and tons of green waste were deposited in the hilly neighborhood. On Monday, DPW cleaned up 6.3 tons of debris, some of which had been set on fire and had to be extinguished by firefighters. DPW has reported similar incidents every month from October 2011 through February. DPW is asking people to report suspicious activity and people by calling the non-emergency dispatch line at 415-533-0123.

In Richmond foreclosed houses have become magnets for illegal dumping. And in both Richmond and Oakland, the dumping of illegal mattresses is so frequent, officials are trying to pass statewide legislation to curb the problem.

In addition to being an eyesore and creating health issues, illegal dumping is really expensive to clean up. 

Here’s a look at illegal dumping across several Bay Area cities.

$1,000: Maximum fine for illegal dumping in SF

17,000: Number of calls per year to San Francisco Public Works Department about illegal dumping 

10,000: Tons of garbage dumped illegally in San Francisco annually

$4 million: Annual cost to San Francisco taxpayers to clean it up

10: Tons of debris illegally dumped in Bayview in April 2011

$500,000: The amount of money Oakland spends annually to remove mattresses that were illegally dumped on the streets

30: The number of discarded mattresses Oakland and Richmond city workers find on the streets each day

5,000: The number of illegally discarded mattresses Richmond removed in the past year and a half

To report illegal dumping in San Francisco, go here; in Richmond, go here; and in Oakland, go here

Sources:

SF Cracks Down on Illegal Dumping/SF Public Press

Bayview Dumped On — Again/The Bay Citizen

New state legislation aimed at curtailing illegal mattress dumping/Richmond Confidential

 

The Bay City News Service contributed to this report

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