A discarded stuffed animal is one of the many items found in a heap of trash illegally dumped along Chynoweth Avenue on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. (Jim Gensheimer/Bay Area News Group)

SAN JOSE — Two years ago, the city of San Jose got serious about the problem of illegal dumping by offering free trash pickups, easing the complaint process and imposing stiff fines on violators.

The result: 2,443 mattresses, 2,250 tons of debris, 1,900 shopping carts and more than 500 gallons of human waste.

And yet the streets are still dirty.

Tenley Corpus lives near San Jose’s Martial Cottle Park and loves walking its trails. Lately, though, her walks have been spoiled by an eyesore just across the street: a giant pile of garbage on Chynoweth Avenue. Nearby Hellyer Park and Branham Lane also are dotted with garbage piles and yard waste.

A stuffed animal was one of the many items found in a heap of trash illegally dumped along Chynoweth Avenue. (Jim Gensheimer/Bay Area News Group)

“I honestly can’t stand it,” Corpus said. “I’ve lived here over 40 years, and we never had a problem like this before. It just seems to be getting worse.”

Illegal dumping is a daunting problem across San Jose. Driving through the city, it’s not unusual to see teetering piles of furniture, mattresses and construction debris along the roadsides.

The impromptu garbage dumps block roads, create habitat for cockroaches and bedbugs, …read more

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