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N4T Investigators: Illegal dumping frustrating Tucsonans

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Illegal dumping is more than just eyesore in the desert areas surrounding Tucson. It has also been happening in neighborhoods in the central part of the city.

“I think I’m just frustrated with the slowness of the response, the poor customer service,” Tucson resident, Marcy Tigerman, told the News 4 Tucson Investigators. 

Tigerman told us she is fed-up with people trashing her neighborhood near Ft. Lowell Road and Tucson Boulevard, and with what she says is the city’s slow response.

“My dog starts barking, and I figure she's seen something back here, and then I walk out and there's some furniture here for me,” Tigerman told the News 4 Tucson Investigators.

This is the second time during year that items have been dumped near Tigerman’s property. She told the News 4 Tucson Investigators, she has called the Ward Three city council office, but the problem hasn't stopped.

“I don't know, of course, where it comes from, whether it's in the neighborhood or someone just says well this looks like a dead-end, no one will ever find out,” Tigerman told the News 4 Tucson Investigators.

Tigerman isn't alone when it comes to her frustration about illegal dumping.

“We get around ten to 15 calls per day of illegal dumping,” Cristina Polsgrove, with the City of Tucson Environmental Services Department told the News 4 Tucson Investigators.

Once a call is taken the department woks to assign those calls to a crew who will clean-up the items.

“We try to get to it as soon as possible, because once a little pile is there, it starts growing the longer we wait,” Polsgrove told the News 4 Tucson Investigators.

Those piles are filled with everything from couches, mattresses, old big-screen televisions, lumber and more.

“Just extra debris, people cleaning out their sheds or garages, and you know, things that they just don't need anymore,” Polsgrove said.

Polsgrove also told the News 4 Tucson Investigators, the beginning and end of the month can be especially busy as people move out of apartments, and leave their junk behind.

“That's when people will set things out on the curb thinking that someone is going to pick them up,” Polsgrove said.

In fact, the City of Tucson will haul away larger items during the twice per- year “Brush and Bulky” pick-ups.

“We will come and pick-up up to ten cubic yards of material twice a year, and that is part of the fee that everybody pays - all our customers pay each month,” Polsgrove told the News 4 Tucson Investigators.

For people who are caught dumping items illegally, there can be stiff penalties.

“If it goes to a citation, if it ends up going to court, yes there can be fees and fines of up to $2,500.” Polsgrove said.

For her part, Marcy just wants the dumping near her property to stop, and for the items that remain to be hauled away.

“Someone come and get this, please!” Tigerman said.

To find the "Brush and Bulky" pick-up date for your neighborhood click here.

Click here to report illegal dumping within Tucson city limits.

If you have something you'd like the News 4 Tucson Investigators to investigate email us at investigators@kvoa.com or call the News 4 Tucson Investigators tip-line at (520) 955-4444.

    

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