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Residents are frustrated about trash buildup in South Baltimore

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Posted at 10:30 PM, Jan 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-31 23:23:33-05

BALTIMORE — A pile of trash outside a building in South Baltimore has people in the neighborhood frustrated and fed up.

“The garbage brings rats, the garbage contributes to the crime and it just makes for an unhealthy environment,” said Spencer Weidman. “There’s no excuse for it.”

When WMAR-2 News went to Pigtown Friday night, there was a mound of old condiment bottles, a mattress, empty bottles of liquor—a vast array of trash.

“That’s a pretty big pile and I think of it comes from littering, but I think it’s a lot of people that have dumped it here repeatedly and they’ve probably been doing that for a long time,” said Weidman.

A spokesperson for the city said, the owner of this space was cited for sanitation issues on multiple occasions. The owners of the private property cleaned up the area and the problem reoccurs, they cite them again, and they clean again.

The owner told the city, they will have a crew out to clean it up Monday.

For Weidman, the constant state of disarray is frustrating because he organizes community clean ups.

“I’ve done a dozen clean ups this year and there is garbage everywhere and I don’t know what the long term solution is,” said Weidman. "I think most of the garbage comes from illegal dumpers.”

Just two days before Weidman posted the picture of the trash pile on social media, Mayor Jack Young announced a new Clean it Up campaign.

It includes 8 initiative listed here from the city website.

“We’re going to clean everywhere in the city, and make sure we catch up on those overdue 311 orders that were here long before I took office,” said Young.