Kern County's post holiday litter problem

Published 04/21 2014 06:39PM

Updated 04/22 2014 12:21PM

BAKERSFIELD, CA -- On Monday in Hart Park, it appeared children found all the hidden eggs the day before, but the egg cartons didn't find their way into the trash cans.

The remains of a festive Easter holiday can still be seen everywhere.

"People don't take care of this park enough," said David Reeves, who brought his daughters to the park.

"It's a nice place to come, nice place to relax, but a lot of times they'll pile up the trash and it's all over the place."

Several large trash bins are found just a few feet away from the tables, but litter could still be found all over the grass. Reeves said he thinks if the bins are full, it shouldn't be much trouble for park goers to take their trash with them and throw it away elsewhere.

"I think people could clean up after themselves," said Reeves.

"It shouldn't be the responsibility of the city or the state to have to clean it up. And I really feel sorry for some of these guys that I see later on that come around and clean the bathrooms and pick up all the trash."

Patrick Porcho is one of those guys. He and his partner at the Kern County Parks maintenance took three garbage truck loads from the park by noon.

Caltrans workers are also focusing only on trash pickup along the highways this week. The state agency is partnering up with the Bakersfield Homeless Center, the Kern County Sheriff's Office, and Keep Bakersfield Beautiful to clean up Kern County.

"Oh, we'll still be picking up trash for the rest of the week," said Porcho.

"There's only four of us assigned to Hart Park."

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