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9OYS: City cleans up illegally dumped trash on the Southside

Posted at 4:02 PM, Sep 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-07 21:52:13-04

Environmental Services has cleaned up the illegally dumped trash on Bilby and Missiondale on the Southside. 

Neighbors reached out to KGUN 9 after people continuously dumped trash in their neighborhood. 

When KGUN 9 News Reporter Jennifer Martinez went to the lot - there were mattresses, couches, furniture and other garbage stacked in the pile. 

Neighbors say they called the City of Tucson but were directed to so many departments they gave up.

Christina Polsgrove with the city's Environmental Services says to call the department as soon as you see trash starting to pile up.

"Because we try to address the issue as soon as they happen because if we don't they get to be too big and it just grows," she said.

Illegal dumping is against the law like this incident KGUN 9 cameras caught while gathering our story.

RELATED: Illegal dumping leaves one southside neighborhood trashed

If you illegally dump you can get fined and it will cost you. "If someone is caught illegally dumping the fines of up to $2,500," says Polsgrove. 
Polsgrove says often times people use the web to find a service to pick up their trash, but many of those workers don't finish their end of the bargain and dump it along the road.  

"If you want to hire someone, have them pay half up front and half when you get the landfill receipt," Polsgrove said.

If you see someone illegally dumping in your neighborhood - do not approach them. Simply call the non-emergency line, file a police complaint and then call environmental services to pick up the trash. 

The City of Tucson does offer brush and bulky services twice a year, which you pay for. 

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