Officials have picture after picture of folks illegally dumping trash in the city alleys. Solid waste inspector Brian Valentine said the city has placed cameras in areas hit hardest by those committing the crime.
“We are placing those in certain places we think is more prevalent for illegal dumping,” said Valentine.
That is one of the major efforts from the city’s Division of Refuge collection to stop this problem. An effort that came too late for this alley off East 18th Avenue. Teri Parks is irritated with what she sees from her backyard, tires.
“This alley right here, it’s, Oh, it just makes you want to scream and cry,” said Parks.
Valentine says she lives in one of the areas hit quite often in the Linden area.
In April NBC4 brought piles of debris to the city’s attention after residents said they’ve complained and nothing was being done. After our report crews removed it. Other hot spots are the Hilltop, Franklinton, and south Columbus. Every case reported on public property is investigated. Crews look over each piece, hoping to find clues.
“If there’s a red privacy fence on the corner and we can look three houses up and see that there also the same red privacy fence, pieces in the yard, then we can do a little more investigation,” said Valentine.
If there’s a match the case is then brought to law enforcement for possible charges.
“However most of the times it similar to this, where it’s just a pile of tires,” said Valentine.
City officials say they are constantly working to find new ways to stop illegal dumping, and have a few projects in the works.