San Jose: Reports of illegal dumping soar as city struggles to keep up
Updated: May 21, 2019
Since the launch of an app in 2017 that lets San Jose residents report trash dumped illegally, demand for services has skyrocketed. And while workers and volunteers have collected more garbage than in previous years, the city hasn’t been able to keep up with demand, frustrating residents and raising environmental and health risks.
“It’s clear to me we’re not doing enough,” said Councilman Sergio Jimenez at the City Council meeting on Tuesday. “We hear about it consistently.”
According to a report on the city’s overall Beautify SJ program — an effort to clear San Jose’s streets and waterways of litter, graffiti and other blight — presented at the meeting, Jimenez is not wrong. Residents routinely rank San Jose’s cleanliness as poor.
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