monopoly_money.jpgThe city of San Francisco has offered a $500 reward for anyone with information about who illegally left toxic roofing materials in a street in the city’s Bayview District.

A large pile of trash bags containing about 12 tons of shingles and other roofing materials was discovered on Arelious Walker Drive near Egbert Avenue early Thursday morning, according to the Department of Public Works.

“We know it happened between midnight and 6 a.m. Thursday,” department spokeswoman Christine Falvey said.

The materials, which blocked an entire lane of traffic, have since been removed, Falvey said.

The area is near Candlestick Park and a children’s playground, Falvey said. It’s not far from a city dump operated by Recology at 501 Tunnel Ave., where such materials can be safely and legally disposed of.

The public disposal and recycling company weighs materials and charges a fee to safely dispose of them.

“They either didn’t know or didn’t care,” Falvey said of the culprits.

It’s believed the materials came from a home in San Francisco or a nearby city.

The Department of Public Works is asking anyone who recently had their roof removed, possibly on Tuesday or Wednesday, or anyone who witnessed the dumping to contact their office at (415) 695-2003.

Ari Burack, Bay City News

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