Mattresses ... clothes ... wood.
What do these things have in common?
No, they are not props used in any horror flick. They do, however, happen to be some of the objects and items that are consuming the sidewalks and streets throughout the city of Oakland.
Whether it is homeless people, random individuals or industrial and commercial companies, illegal street dumping continues to be done ironically right by "No Dumping" signs that are made visible near parks, schools, residential homes and businesses, alleyways and on the lawns of vacant or foreclosed houses.
Illegal street dumping may range anywhere from littering to homeless encampment. Still, the risk of being exposed to some potentially hazardous and toxic materials like old oil containers and buckets of paint has many Oakland residents concerned.
According to Oakland’s Department of Public Works, there were approximately 500 service requests – which are problems and concerns submitted by the public through the Public Works Call Center - and 500 work orders – which are work scheduled, performed and completed by the Oakland Public Works crews - made since July 1 related to illegal street dumping.
The status for most of the 500 service requests and work orders are now closed. The service request status will automatically close if the service request is not performed and completed by Oakland Public Works crews, but are instead performed and completed by other agencies such as: the Oakland Police Department, Community and Economic Development Agency and EBMUD.