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TGIF in the East Bay: Free trash pickup now available, Klay Thompson to make return soon and more

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Free option for trash collection now available in Oakland to combat illegal dumping

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The waste management company contracted by the City of Oakland will expand its services in an effort to curb illegal dumping within the city, East Bay Times reports.

The expanded services include the free collection of “bulky pickups” consisting of large hauls of trash or big items headed for disposal that can be scheduled for curbside pickup free of charge.

In addition, a free drop-off option to dispose of bulky items can be found at the Davis Street Resource Recovery Complex in San Leandro. Each household can schedule one free pickup and one free drop-off per year. Each additional pickup within that year costs $98.02 per load.

Renters who needed to schedule large pickups in the past had to do so through their landlord or property manager but can now schedule trash removal directly through the Waste Management of Alameda County.

“Allowing residents in apartments to directly make appointments is a game-changer for this program. It provides equity and inclusion to a program that was always easier for single-family property owners to use,” said Oakland public works director Harold Duffey, in a statement about the program.

Oakland’s Illegal Dumping Unit has completed 35,855 pickups over the course of the last fiscal year ending in July. Read more of this story.

Klay Thompson’s return date may finally be known

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After missing the last two seasons due to an ACL and an achilles injury, Klay Thompson’s eagerly anticipated return date may be just around the corner, East Bay Times reports.

Thompson now looks to be on track to make his season debut against Sacramento on Dec. 20 at the Chase Center following reports from sources who told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that the Warriors guard is making “really good progress” after being out since game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals.

However, Thompson has been ramping up his workouts, appearing in full uniform on the court before games this season. Read more of this story.

Local food banks strained under record inflation, increased costs

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As prices for food and consumer goods continue to increase as a result of supply chain disruptions and increased fuel prices, many local food banks are feeling the crunch, NBC reports.

Many area residents are relying on food banks as the cost of food continues to rise.

“You save a lot of money because now the food is very expensive,” said Rafael Linares, with First Presbyterian Church in Oakland.

The Alameda County Community Food Bank is currently shelling out $1 million a month in order to distribute roughly four and a half million pounds of food.

“The reality for us is, we really are in a tough situation,” said Alameda County Community Food Bank Exec. Director Regi Young. “So last month, some of our core items like green beans and canned tuna, we had to pay $60,000 more than the previous month."

That’s compared to the pre-pandemic figure of food costs reported by the food bank, consisting of roughly a quarter of that amount for about 2 ½ million pounds of food. Read more of this story.

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