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Albany pleads for community help to fight illegal dumping

These mattresses were found in a lot off Cromartie Beach Drive (Source: WALB) These mattresses were found in a lot off Cromartie Beach Drive (Source: WALB)
Tires, an old TV and a wading pool were also dumped in the lot (Source: WALB) Tires, an old TV and a wading pool were also dumped in the lot (Source: WALB)
The city put up gates at Silica Drive, but it hasn't stopped dumpers from turning to other spots (Source: WALB) The city put up gates at Silica Drive, but it hasn't stopped dumpers from turning to other spots (Source: WALB)
(Source: WALB) (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Albany city leaders are asking for your help to crack down on illegal dumping. It's an ongoing problem the city has fought for decades, and it can get expensive.

There's a growing problem in Albany that has city and state leaders buzzing  with concern.

In an abandoned lot off Cromartie Beach Drive, Albany City Commissioner Jon Howard found tires, a decades-old television, and mattresses stacked neatly one by one.

"When individuals of unwanted items, they will find a way, someway an isolated street or alley to dump those items," Howard said.

Illegal dumping is a battle city leaders have fought for decades.

"Individuals have just really lost pride in the community," he said.

That loss of pride is costing taxpayers money.

Silica Drive was a popular hot spot for dumpers. The city took action and installed a gate to close the road off to the public. Howard told WALB News 10 that job cost a whopping $32,000 of taxpayer money.

"This got to stop, because really its taxpayer money that's being used unwisely in this community," he said.

During an interview with WALB News 10, Howard called public works crews to come pick up the junk from the lot.

Crews arrived within minutes, but these trips don't come cheap either.

"It'll cost the taxpayers, anywhere from 170 to 340 dollars, and that's just for one pile," said Michael Grier, superintendent of solid waste.

Representative Darrell Ealum asked for the community's help to catch illegal dumpers.

"We don't want you to get involved and be the police force, but you can take a tag number, you know, you can take a description of the vehicle," Ealum said.

It's a simple request to create a cleaner Albany.

"Lets not let this spread and get out of hand," he said.

The city encourages people to drop off unwanted items at the county landfill. Residents can drop off up to 250 pounds free of charge. It is open Monday through Saturday.

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