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Used furniture left on side of the road for months

Posted at 7:06 PM, Jul 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-22 22:06:55-04

It is that time of year again. People are spring cleaning and students are moving out, but the furniture that was once inside is now ending up on the street.

Used couches, mattresses, tables and more have been left for months on the side of the road.

One neighbor believes the city is doing a good job cleaning the streets. However, it needs to find a faster way to get rid of thrown out furniture. 

"You feel kind of like a ghetto," said Jose Romero. "You know this is suppose to be a nicer area that's why my friend bought a place here and we would like to keep it clean."

He said that when he drives around midtown, he notices a lot of trash on the side of the road.

"Actually I just picked up a stove to make sure I properly dispose of it," he said. "We don't want it in our streets."

The City of Tucson's Environmental Department offers a Brush and Bulky service twice a year to each of the 26 areas.

This service is included in a residential fee. There is a map on the city's website that shows where and when the service will happen. 

Notifications are sent out to residents a couple weeks before their service is scheduled. 

"The only thing that we ask is that they set out their material at least three weeks prior to their collection week," said Pat Tapia, Interim Director of Environmental Services. "I know people who have been doing this for so many years and they like the program, but unfortunately they set it out a few weeks early."

Tapia added that there is another option if residents need objects picked up not within their two weeks collection period. 

He explained that the city offers another service where a resident calls the city and the material can be picked up within a week, but for a $55 fee.

For more information, the city does have an app called My Waste, where residents can put in their address and it will bring up the dates of when the city will service that area.