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Neighbors react to ongoing trash problem in Chico

People in Chico say they are fed up with an ongoing trash problem on Humboldt Avenue.

Posted: Aug 10, 2020 6:33 PM
Updated: Aug 11, 2020 10:58 AM

CHICO, Calif. - People in Chico say they are fed up with an ongoing trash and illegal dumping problems near Humboldt Avenue in Chico. 

Action News Now spoke to one woman who lives nearby but didn't want to be identified.

"How do you make it stop? You can't do anything about it, it's been all the time lately," she said.

She tells Action News Now that the trash issue is happening on a daily basis.

Monday morning there were two large piles of trash on Humboldt Avenue near Olive Street, the pile was filled with clothing, furniture items and boxes of food. 

Public Works Director, Erik Gustafson, says "We understand the frustration from the nearby residents and we, city staff, we have a lot of frustration too. We also have other priorities we feel that we should be doing, taking care of streets, trees, sidewalks, it's frustrating to stop with what we are normally tasked to do. It's also difficult with the current order during the pandemic that allows transient camps."

"You get to the point where you just shrug your shoulders and walk back in your home, because we have tried to stop it," said the neighbor. 

Gustafson says the city has been working tirelessly to try to find solutions to the problem. They are looking at different services and options such as campgrounds and low barrier shelters. But he says this all takes some time. 

He added, they understand the frustrations, especially from people who have to see that out their front door. But says they are trying to respond as quickly as possible. He says people can contact public works by email or phone at 530-894-4202. 

Even though the city is aware of the ongoing problem, neighbors say they want city officials to take action to prevent this from continuing to happen here in this neighborhood.

The City of Chico Public Works Department says they planned to have the pile of trash picked up by the end of the day on Monday. 

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