It baffles me the thoughts people have especially homeowners who think that if they just dump their furniture, construction debris, and other large items to the alley or just outside their alley facing fence that it magically disappears.
I’ve had many a challenge addressing such an issue with properties whether owned or rented who state:
“Well I don’t have a gate, or my gate is blocked or doesn’t work so I can’t get around to the alley so I just don’t pay attention!”
When addressing a property owner that rents out: “It’s not my problem how my tenants get rid of their trash, you take care of it.”
When you confront the people at 11:00 PM at night that were hired by the property owner that rents out to set out the belongings of an eviction and dumps in the 300 gallon trash containers to overflowing and then continues dumping beside it or just sets it right in the alley blocking the alley: “Well I was just paid to do this by the property owner, here is his number” and you call the property owner and he asks if you are the f*cking mayor and then tells you to f*ck off and mind your own d*mn business.
You try to get neighbors to realize that yard waste has it’s own disposal mechanism and that just dumping those large tree branches and bushes and other yard waste just outside their alley facing fence or next to the 300 gallon trash receptacles that it magically disappears.
You go out to find that someone’s construction project debris has totally filled the 300 gallon trash receptacle and that it is so full that the trash truck cannot even lift it to dump it.
As a concerned citizen you at least try to do something with the discarded mattresses laying up against the 300 gallon trash receptacles that are blocking any further access to the containers and you want to try and move it away but then you notice the clear signs of bedbugs and have to leave it.
You try to at least turn those discarded older glass TV’s face down because you know within hours they will be kicked in and then you are faced with glass all over the alley.
As a daily routine you have to check the alley from your garage access to the nearest road access for any glass bottles or broken glass because you don’t want to drive over it with your car risking a flat (which by the way I have to take insurance on those expensive tires and have to use it at least 3 times a year).
Yes, fun times to be living in a city that prides itself in being so community minded but yet can’t address this issue which in a lot of ways is the city’s fault because they just pick it up and don’t address the issue!
People using social media to address blight concerns
by BRYANT MADDRICKTuesday, November 14th 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — Fed up with trash and dumping issues, people are turning to social media sites to shine light on neighborhood issues.
One community page on Facebook is dedicated to informing followers to the blight issues in the city.
Trash and dumping issues, such as tires, mattresses, furniture and more, have plagued several Columbus communities for years in areas like south Columbus and the Hilltop.
“It makes me angry. It really does. It makes me angry because this is our neighborhood,” said Bill Huffman.
Huffman belongs to community group “Friends of the Hilltop.” He said exposing these community problems through social media will get the attention of city leaders.
“The city sees Facebook too. Don’t think their personnel who work for them are not on Facebook and the mayor doesn’t hear about these issues out here because he does,” said Huffman.
The longtime Hilltop resident said in addition to getting action from city leaders, ordinary residents are also needed to address the problem.
People who notice excessive trash and dumping issues can call 311 or reach certain departments online.