Illegal dumping on the rise in San Jose and cleanup crews can’t keep up

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SAN JOSE (KRON) — The arrival of a city crew to clean up an illegal dump site near her Lynette Avenue home was a welcome sight to Jessica Mancias.

“Before this for maybe a month we didn’t see anything and then boom, trash again,” said Mancias.

Since it was launched a few years ago, the Beautify San Jose Program has made significant progress.

The amount of litter collected has doubled, so has the number of tons of junk pick ups, but crews can’t keep up with reports of illegal dumping says Mayor Sam Liccardo.

“It’s clear the My San Jose app launch has been very popular but we are victims of our own success because the number of requests for pickups has tripled,” Liccardo said.

The mayor has proposed adding $3.5 million to beautify San Jose’s budget to add staff and fund other programs to address trash, graffiti and other blight.

“Including a program to getting homeless individuals engaged working, earning pay to help clean up our city,” the mayor said. And there are efforts a foot to step up enforcement through the use of cameras and other evidence reported by citizens says the environmental services’ Jenny Loft.

“We are able to get license plates because of the cameras and we are able to enforce that with fines as high as $10,000,” Loft said.

The city says it picked up almost 5,000 tons of trash and cleaned more than 14,000 different sites over the past two years.

Volunteer hours also more than doubled in that time. Back on Lynette Avenue, Nichloas Santos welcome whatever action is needed.

“Because this is my street and I want to keep it clean,” Santos said.

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