by Sam Levin
As is clear to anyone who lives in Oakland, the blight of illegal dumping has increasingly plagued neighborhoods throughout the city — a problem we chronicled in last year's cover story, "What a Waste." While the city has focused efforts on enforcement through harsher penalties for those trashing the streets, some have questioned whether officials could do more to make it easier for residents to legally get rid of their junk. Now they have — at least for five days starting this Saturday.
Councilmember Desley Brooks announced this week that there will be ten different "legal bulk dumping sites" operating in East Oakland from April 12 to 16. At these sites (full list below), residents will find "HUGE waste containers placed for no questions asked large scale dumping," she wrote in a press release. Brooks announced six sites last week, but apparently due to the "instant enthusiasm from residents and city officials," she decided to partner with other council offices and expand the so-called "amnesty dumping program."
The sites will be available starting Saturday morning through Wednesday morning — and it's free. That should hopefully incentivize residents who would otherwise have to order a dumpster or drop off unwanted bulk items at Waste Management's Davis Street recycling and transfer station in San Leandro. Both of those options cost money.
At the same time, as we reported last month, the Oakland City Council is working toward a long-term solution by pushing — through a new recycling contract — for convenient access to bulk-waste pickup for multi-unit apartment buildings.
In the meantime, here's the list of East Oakland dump sites from Brooks' office:
• International and 56th Avenue
• 66th Avenue and Fenham
• 5800 Block of Foothill Boulevard
• Eastmont Area on 73rd Street and MacArthur
• Parkridge Drive and Skyline
• Mountain Boulevard between Kuhnle and Mountain View
• 8055 Collins Drive
• 800 77th Avenue
• 750 Louisiana Street
• 10500 San Leandro Street