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City ramping up effort to crack down on illegal dumping in Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- There’s a sign that says "No dumping" with the warning of a fine, but in many alleys across Louisville, there’s still trash being illegally dumped.

On Thursday, we stopped by two different hot spots for illegal dumping on Elliott Avenue and Humler Street -- both in West Louisville.

“You've got trucks backing in, just unloading the trucks pulling out. It got so bad it was all the way out in the middle of the street at one time,” said Dwayne Anderson.

Dwayne Anderson lives along Humler Street. He has seen plenty of trash dumped in nearby alleys.

“You don't want to drive through an alley and glass or trees you’re running over. Rats -- whatever -- it's gonna cause problems around here so yeah it gets frustrating,” said Dwayne Anderson.

“A lot of these guys they haul -- get paid from somebody -- to haul away their debris and then they take a dump fee and then they go dump in the alley and keep that person's dump fee,” said Pete Flood, Compliance and Enforcement Management with Louisville Metro Public Works.

Two years ago, Metro Council invested in a new camera system to catch illegal dumpers in the act.

“We've seized their vehicles and they've been cited in the court and so it's been very effective,” said Councilman David James of District 6.

In July, the type of cameras being used changed.

“We've gotten a new style of camera that is much more covert. We've been able to install them in multiple alleys. We've got 19 of them at this time,” said Pete Flood.

The cameras are hidden to catch the criminals, but officials with Louisville Metro Public Works say they've caught 50 to 60 people dumping trash this summer and have impounded up to 20 vehicles.

They also plan to upgrade the old surveillance cameras to help cover more territory.

Officials say if you see someone in the process of illegally dumping trash, call 911 to alert authorities and take a picture on your cell phone. If you come across trash that has been illegally dumped, call 311.

Dwayne Anderson says that's exactly what nearby neighbors are doing.

“It's all on the community I guess to keep an eye on each other,” said Dwayne Anderson.

With this help, city leaders are hoping to keep cracking down.

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