Neighbors want help with illegal dumping problem

Neighbors say some unknown people are dumping bulk trash and brush in ditches and on lots near their homes, generally overnight or in the early morning hours.
November 23, 2011 2:15:08 PM PST
Some people in northeast Houston say their neighborhood has become a dumping ground. And what's more is they feel the city is ignoring their complaints.

Some neighbors in Independence Heights told me they are tired of dealing with illegal dumping and they asked me to help get them some answers and action.

It's old TVs and trash piling up.

"It's pretty bad, pretty bad," said neighbor Johnny Moton.

You'll find broken boards, brush and lots of furniture that's falling apart.

Neighbor Ardis Arberry said, "Man, it's just nasty. It's just filthy"

The filthy mess is the illegally dumped garbage some neighbors in Independence Heights say they've been dealing with for weeks now.

Moton said, "People been bringing stuff from the other side of town over here, just parking it and throwing in it the ditch."

Families on East 37th Street call trash in the area building up in ditches and vacant lots an eyesore. They say it's become a breeding ground for pests.

"Rodents, rats, snakes and everything coming out of there over there," Arberry said.

Neighbors told me their complaints to 311 about the illegal dumping seem to go nowhere.

"The city needs to come and clean up their business and take care of this business, like they are supposed to," Arberry said.

I made some calls to Houston's Solid Waste Department. A worker confirmed the agency is aware of several complaints about the illegal dumping on East 37th. And after my call the agency sent out a crew to inspect the area.

Neighbor Dottie Evans said, "We want something done now! Now!"

Solid waste told me it will have the trash on East 37th cleaned up by Monday. Neighbors here say that's a huge help.

The city says it does track all illegal dumping complaints reported to 311.


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