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Illegally dumped construction debris is piling up along highway exits

Original post made on Feb 11, 2022

Hundreds of mounds of leaves, dirt, tree stumps and construction debris are being illegally dumped on Caltrans property in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, February 11, 2022, 6:54 AM

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Posted by marc665
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 11, 2022 at 10:50 am

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Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 11, 2022 at 11:29 am

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Funny that you have written an article about this but nothing about the new Express FasTrak Lanes starting today.


Posted by KarlWolff
a resident of Portola Valley
on Feb 11, 2022 at 12:30 pm

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Posted by STAN
a resident of Portola Valley
on Feb 11, 2022 at 12:46 pm

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I find it impossible to believe that these dumping activities have not been observed by the CHP. Some strict enforcement activities and not letting violators off easy would be a good start . A few strategically located trail CAMs would also provide photographic evidence of the identity of the violators. The loads that have been dumped are large and most of the chip loads probably come from trucks which have the perps identity plainly painted on the sides.
The intersection Hwy 85 and 280 particularly from NB 280 to NB 85 has been a dump for literally decades. The fact that it is never cleaned up from the masses of dirt and concrete debris probably gives some numbskulls the idea that the activity is encouraged. CALTRANS clean up after your own work!


Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Feb 11, 2022 at 6:16 pm

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Illegal dumping is a problem throughout America. A lot of it happens overnight. Out of sight, out of mind. Even if the dump was free, it would still happen, but probably less often. Some people are too lazy to make the effort, and they don't care. Very sad.


Posted by Annette
a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 13, 2022 at 5:12 am

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Enlist the assistance of developers and contractors to require demolition crews to provide a receipt from the dump for the stuff they haul away. No receipt, no payment for that truckload. This might end dumping by people who get paid to haul stuff away, pocket the payment, and avoid the dump fees by leaving the debris at the side of the road.


Posted by Annette
a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 13, 2022 at 7:49 am

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About those wood chips: it seems like the source of those should be traceable. The volume suggests a big truck was used and a large area must have been cleared. I should think this should be traceable through building permits.

People caught doing this should be heavily fined and have the vehicle(s) used impounded for some period of time. They should also be required to do highway clean-up for enough hours that they are motivated to never again dump their junk on the side of the road.


Posted by Sorry to hear this
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Feb 14, 2022 at 7:36 pm

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Chances are it's repeat offenders dumping over and over again. Seems like a few cameras strategically located would nail a bunch of these illegal dumpers.


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