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City Increases Reward To Stop Illegal Dumping

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

A City of Sacramento "claw" cleans up an illegal dump site in a Del Paso Heights neighborhood

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Wednesday, City crews used a tractor called "The Claw" and a trash compactor to clean up a couch, love seat, mattress, two chairs and a dresser from a neighborhood just off Norwood Avenue in Sacramento.

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Lori Lovelady lives down the street from the dump site.  

"About three different times this has been done since the Fourth of July.  And, then people come and dig through it, you know, treasure, and then it gets out into the middle of the street right here," Lovelady says.

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If it happens again and she files a report that helps the City find the  responsible party, she could receive $1,000 if the person is convicted of a misdemeanor or $500 if the person is cited.

Steve Harriman manages the City Recycling and Solid Waste Division.

"What we're really trying to work on is have people be vigilant and provide information that we can use for enforcement action," says Harriman.

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Kim Davie lives near the dump site. She says she approves of the City's attempts to stop people from trashing neighborhoods like hers.

"I think it's terrible thing that people use communities where they think that it's ok to just dump here," Davie says.
 
The City says it receives 8,000 reports of illegal dumping every year

In the past year, it has picked up about 1,300 tons of illegally-dumped waste.