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Locals and city clean up a neighborhood

Posted at 10:38 PM, Dec 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-12 00:38:03-05

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Torn up bins, bottles, and furniture plagued an alley in the Jefferson Park neighborhood.

You might remember this scene we showed you last week.

Lisa Campbell is the woman who brought it to KGUN9's attention.

She moved-in to the Jefferson Park neighborhood, with her dog Apollo three weeks ago and found a trash ridden alley..

“There was trash all the way down to the alleyway, I couldn't believe it,” Campbell told KGUN9.

All that trash plagued the alleyway near her home on Lester Street and Vine Avenue.

“I was very upset because all the other areas seemed really clean. It was growing every day and no one was doing anything about it,” said Campbell.

So, Campbell took to Facebook and later filed a formal report with the City of Tucson. KGUN9 followed up with the city and made them aware of the problem.

In roughly a week, the alleyway went from being plagued with overflowing trash to being clean and free of illegal dumping.

“The city came here and did it. They took care of it, and with your guys' help...look, here we are. Brand new trash can!” Campbell told KGUN9.

Cristina Polsgrove who works for the environmental and general services department with the City of Tucson has a special message for Campbell.

“Thank you for reporting the situation and giving us the opportunity to get out there and replace that bin,” said Polsgrove.

Polsgrove also encourages folks to report illegal dumping when they see it.

“We want to see a cleaner Tucson. We would like to see neighborhoods take pride in themselves and do the cleanup and we are here to help them make that happen,” Polsgrove told KGUN9.

Campbell told KGUN9 she could not be more thrilled that the alley is cleaned up.

“We're already changing the neighborhood. C'mon everybody. Step up. Let's get excited. Let's take care of our area,” said Campbell.

The City of Tucson has free services to aid neighborhood clean-up effort, like hazardous waste drop-offs and metal scrap recycling at the landfill.

However, if appliances being recycled have a coolant, there is a $5.00 charge for recycling those.