On June 3, the El Camino/Howe neighborhood in Arden Arcade lost 24 tons - of junk that is. Sacramento County Code Enforcement
collected their highest volume of electronic waste ever—6,500 pounds—in addition to 3.99 tons of wood, 11.26 tons of trash, and 5.42 tons of metal, during their neighborhood clean-up collection event.
Code Enforcement first launched this community event on May 31, 2008. Currently, Code Enforcement hosts three collections a year. It takes approximately 35-50 people to execute each clean-up, including staff, family, friends and community members. Sacramento County Probation
often assists with efforts.
Various woods and metal are recycled by the County or Atlas Disposal, which provides the 50 yard bins and their removal. E-waste is collected by the Sheriff’s Crime Prevention Unit
; they use the funds to purchase items for their Christmas Giving Campaign and other programs.
Supervisor Susan Peters, who represents the district, visited the two temporary neighborhood collection sites where residents could drop off their items. “The system was very organized and moved smoothly - allowing neighbors the convenience to get rid of stuff in a hassle-free environment,” she said.
Code Enforcement Chief Barry Chamberlain said, “We enjoy these events. Each one provides us the opportunity to interact with the community, to fill a need, and to give back to residents.”