Misplaced Mulch Gets Citation for Illegal Dumping

On Sunday afternoon, while on a routine journalism patrol atop Bernal Hill, I noticed a large pile of vegetation that had been unceremoniously dumped in the middle of the sidewalk on the south side of Bernal Heights Boulevard. Grrrrrrrrrrr.

Happily, there was a Ranger from the City Rec and Park Department on the scene, filling out a report in her Rangermobile. Even better, she was friendly. And she had good news:

Sometime around mid-afternoon on Sunday, a truck drove down Bernal Heights Boulevard, stopped alongside the road, raised up the bed, dumped a load of chopped-up plants, and drove off. A few astute neighbors watched the situation unfold, and they smartly jotted down the particulars about the truck.

The result? According to the Ranger, the perpetrators were tracked down and promptly fined. Apparently, however, the incident wasn’t quite another example of brazen Bernal hill trash dumpery; the material left on the scene was clean mulch, and it had been intended for use on another site elsewhere on the hilltop. Nevertheless, it was undeniably unsmart of the haulers to deposit the load in the middle of the sidewalk, and it’s a testament to the neighborhood’s increased vigilance that the perps were identified and cited so quickly.

PHOTOS: Telstar Logistics

6 thoughts on “Misplaced Mulch Gets Citation for Illegal Dumping

  1. Hey, good work! Glad to see a little citizen awareness paying off.

  2. Yes, this is good work, but six in a half tons of trash are still unaccounted for. Our job is not done.

  3. Good work indeed, on the part of vigilant neighbors and those volunteering to use the mulch for beautification. Involvement is lovely!

  4. About two months ago Happy Tree dropped mulch at the Prentiss Street stairs on Bernal Hts. Blvd. we reported it at least a half dozen times to 311 and the city has done nothing!!!! We finally resorted to putting a free mulch sign on it….but not much has been taken. Bad on the city for not following up and having Happy Tree remove it!!!! A fine should be written on this too!

  5. I also saw the mulch at the top of Prentiss Street stairs, but I didn’t know that it was an illegal dumping. What is “Happy Tree”? I did some googling but couldn’t find useful info. Thanks.

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