Oakland is combatting illegal dumping around the city by hiring more people to work on the Oakland Public Works Garbage Blitz Crews. The city says they added a fourth crew in March to help tackle hot spots – places where there is a recurring dumping problem.
Before the Garbage Blitz Crew program started in 2018, workers were just responding to specific clean-up requests from community members. There are now 15 workers dedicated to cleaning hot spots in all of Oakland’s four “zones,” the city said. “The initial pilot focused on Council District 6 in East Oakland and produced encouraging results – areas cleaned regularly began to see less new dumping over time.
Here are some ways residents can help report illegal dumping:
Dialing 311 or 510-615-5566
Reporting online at 311.oaklandca.gov
Using the free OAK311 mobile app for Apple and Android devices
Oaklanders can also help clean the city by participating in pandemic-safe cleanup efforts as part of Oakland Earth Month,