Chico completing its largest camping clear-out operation – Chico Enterprise-Record

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CHICO — What was formerly the largest illegal camp holding 102 people in Chico is now empty.

The Comanche Creek Greenway has been cleared of most of its bulk as of Wednesday, said Chico Public Works Director Erik Gustafson.

“We got to all of the large stuff and in the coming days we’re going to focus on the microtrash like cigarette butts and bottlecaps,” said Gustafson.

After the Public Works department completes cleanup at Comanche Creek, the city plans to coordinate with volunteer groups to find other small trash, said Gustafson.

As of Tuesday, July 19, 153 tons of garbage and two 40-yard dumpsters of recyclable metal sent to Chico Scrap Metal recycling center, said City Manager Mark Sorensen.

On the first day of clear-outs on Monday, July 18, an estimated population of 20 residents were still living at the greenway.

“They went to various places,” said Sorensen. “Some went to the shelters and I’m sure that some of them went to the other sites in town.”

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