Farmer Jeff Stephens of Yuba City drags an illegally discarded mattress closer to the road, so it can be picked up by community volunteers at an upcoming cleanup day. Rural areas throughout California have worked to curb illegal dumping. Stephens created a community-led effort that holds monthly drives to remove illegally discarded trash from rural fields.
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A community organization called SAYLOVE has cleared some 72,000 pounds of illegally dumped trash in Sutter and Yuba counties, according to founder Jeff Stephens.
Photo/Christine Souza
Sign indicating an area cleaned by SAYLOVE.
Photo/Christine Souza
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