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Landowner cleans up polluters' mess

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Albany City leaders continue their fight against illegal dumping and are thrilled to see one landowner cleaning up a real mess on their property. 

The 50+ acre tract in East Albany at Thornton and Pearce Avenue has been a big eye sore, covered with illegally dumped tires,  lumber, drywall, and other trash.

But now the owner, Georgia Binns of Sylvester, is paying a contractor to clean up the site.

 Albany City Commissioner Jon Howard and Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful Executive Director Judy Bowles toured the area, and hope more property owners will do the same.

"Because the landlord probably says 'I didn't put it there,' but this is their property. We certainly hope that they will form a collaborative effort to make sure they own the property, and they will be responsible to clean it up," said Albany City Commissioner Jon Howard.

It will take the rest of the month to clean this illegally dumped trash, and the owner is also paying to seal off the roads onto it, to hopefully keep more illegal dumpers out. City officials ask you to help protect your community, by calling 311 if you see anyone illegally dumping.

 

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