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Oakland’s illegal trash-dumping crisis is worse than ever. Here’s why
(Pictured above: Marcus Leggett (left), a street maintenance leader, and Ayinde Osayaba, a street maintenance worker, pick up trash in Oakland. They are part of a team that drives through areas of Oakland that are known hot spots for illegal dumping.)
This story appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle on August 24, 2021.
At one hot spot for illegal dumping in East Oakland, someone rolled by in a stolen dump truck, lifting the bed and emptying the full load without stopping.
During another incident not far away, a dumper who had piled garbage onto a tarp in the back of a pickup fastened the tarp to a pole, then slammed on the gas pedal.