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Belt Line Self Clean-up To Start Tomorrow

One of the many piles of trash on the former Belt Line Railway property. (Action Alameda News)

One of the many piles of trash on the former Belt Line Railway property. (Action Alameda News)

Alameda County Industries is scheduled to deliver a large dumpster to the Belt Line Railway property early tomorrow morning, so that some of the homeless people camped there might clean up some of the trash.

The delivery is the product of a visit to the site by Action Alameda News in late August, during which we spoke with Jacob, a camper who has been at the site for several months.

Jacob told Action Alameda News that if someone “outside the fence” would donate a dumptser, he would undertake to clean up some of the garbage accumulating on the site; other campers might help too, he said.

A re-telling of the encounter on the Alameda Nextdoor forum elicited a donor to pay for the dumpster, Don Lindsey of Gallagher & Lindsey. Action Alameda News also relayed the request to City of Alameda officials through police chief Paul Rolleri.

Ultimately, Alameda County Industries offered to donate the use of the dumpster at no charge, as a community service. Lindsey paid for trash bags and rubber gloves that Jacob requested in a follow-on discussion. Those were delivered to him yesterday.

Sporting a large, healing, cut over his right eye, “I got jumped,” Jacob yesterday told Action Alameda News that he would distribute the trash bags to other campers he thought might help with the clean-up.

He provided a tour of various trash piles he’d like to tackle, saying he didn’t like all the litter and the garbage. “People on the outside tend to lump us all in together,” he said.

The dumpster should be onsite for a week.

“Tell them I said ‘thanks,'” Jacob said.

Another of many piles of trash on the Belt Line property. (Action Alameda News)

Another of many piles of trash on the Belt Line property. (Action Alameda News)

Jacob pointed to this as the site of a fire a few weeks back. (Action Alameda News)

Jacob pointed to this as the site of a fire a few weeks back. (Action Alameda News)

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