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City of Berkeley removed more than 75 tons of trash and human waste from homeless camps in 9 months

Taxpayers in Berkeley, California, just across the bay from San Francisco, footed the bill for 75 tons of trash that included human waste and drug paraphernalia to be removed from homeless camps.

The garbage was collected between September 2021 and March 2022 by Berkeley’s Homeless Response Team, according to the city’s 2023 and 2024 prospective budget.

Homelessness increased in the city 2021 amid the Covid-19 lockdown. The budget also said that homeless shelters were ‘still operating at reduced capacity due to COVID, and a legal landscape that has limited the city’s ability to intervene.’

It’s estimated there are 535 homeless people living in on the streets of Berkeley. Based on the city’s budget, that would amount to 500 pounds of garbage per person. 

The garbage was collected…


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