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Truckloads of tires and trash pulled from the front of a south Louisville subdivision shows the city's ongoing struggle with illegal dumping.
Monday morning Metro Councilman David Yates lead a team of volunteers cleaning the garbage from the woods at the front of the Windsor Forest subdivision. Windsor Forest resident Jason White said, "(the trash) It really upsets me. It's just people being lazy." He didn't know the volunteers would be working in his neighborhood Monday but said, " God bless them."
Illegal dumping plagues the entire city, from couches left in Fairdale to bedding in the back alleys of the Shawnee neighborhood, frustration is growing. The Louisville Metro council cracked down on the crime. The council increased the fine for illegal dumping, installed surveillance cameras in high problem areas and started impounding vehicles if they're caught in the act. Still...25 tires and six bags of trash were collected from Windsor Forest Monday morning. Cleanup volunteer Eric Grieshaber said, "It is kind of annoying at times. but we got to band together and do these things because they don't clean themselves."
WDRB's Gilbert Corsey asked Councilman Yates, "Is the city losing its battle with illegal dumping?" Yates responded, "I think for the first time we've turned the tide. I think we're winning the battle." He added, "Unfortunately people are going to do illegal things, break the law and dump. We're going to react quickly and we're going to try and beautify our neighborhood. this is our community we take pride in it and we're going to fight to make it right."
Louisville Metro Public Works reports approximately 13-hundred illegal dumping cases so far this year.