CHICO, Calif. - The City of Chico along with Code Enforcement and the Chico Fire Department held its annual Drop and Dash event on Tuesday to help Chico State graduates get rid of any household items they didn’t want to keep anymore.
Lots of couches were left all over the place but now it is looking pretty cleaned up in neighborhoods surrounding Chico State. Code enforcement said it collected nine dumpsters worth of furniture and household items.
“Last week I saw a lot of burnt couches to a crisp in corners, mattresses all over the place, and couches, trash literally everywhere,” said Greg Reynolds, who lives near Chico State.
Reynolds along with others living in the area said seeing all of this in their neighborhood last week was disturbing.
“It’s a real bummer when you walk down the streets and see trash everywhere and Chico has really always had that kind of problem,” said Reynolds.
“It’s not a good look especially if there are random piles of things everywhere cause it is like who is going to pick up a bunch of trashy-looking things,” said Danielle Ward, who lives near Chico State.
In efforts to help keep the neighborhoods of Chico from filling up with things like leftover furniture, items like lamps, vacuums, and even crutches - these items were all collected at Tuesday's dump and dash.
“A lot of the landlords in a lot of situations, there is an additional fee if you leave items behind,” said Public Information Officer for the City of Chico, Lynda Gizzi. “So this is really a benefit to the students because they have a place where they can bring the items they no longer need and then to the city as well because it keeps those items off the street.”
“Definitely think it is cleaned up,” said Ward. “Looking around the neighborhood I think there are things still piled up by dumpsters but I mean so far we went to the store this morning and I didn’t see anything other than burnt couches on the side of the road, but it seems to be clearing up.”
Gizzi said there was a steady number of students who showed up to drop off items. Some of the items, if in good condition, were given to organizations like the Salvation Army and the Esplanade House.
The City of Chico will hold another dump and dash on June 3 located on Orange Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.