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Debris from gutted homes contribute to illegal dumping in West Baltimore

Posted at 8:08 PM, Feb 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-25 23:20:46-05

BALTIMORE — We're talking trash on the city's westside following a viewer complaint of construction debris at various lots in the 2100 block of Penrose Avenue.

"Neglect of the neighborhood, that's what I see Dave. That's what I see," said Gregory Gray.

Gray has lived in the neighborhood for six years. Recently he started taking not of construction occurring at nearby vacant homes.

"They just throw the debris and leave it there," said Gray. "It's become an eyesore."

The pileups range from heavy duty black garbage bags, building materials, a sink and more.

"It's been here for a while," said 18-year-old Kuwan Taylor. "Garbage men just drive by it."

Some of the items are deemed bulk trash. Bulk trash pickup remains suspended in Baltimore.

As WMAR-2 News has reported, it's up to contractors and people doing work on home to remove building materials properly.

A check of 311 showed one of the homes in question was cited. The owner called WMAR and said the contractors will be cleaning the piled debris on her lot Friday.

As for the construction material located across from Gray's house, he said it's been sitting there for close to a month.

"It's been here for more than 30 days," said Gray. "I've called 311 and they said an inspector needs to come out but I feel like we're getting the run around."

WMAR reached out to our contacts with Baltimore City's Department of Public Works. A spokesperson said neighbors' concerns have been forwarded to the Housing Authority.

"We just want this cleaned up," said Gray.

His wife Christina added, "I think we can do better."

During our interview a man associated with the property in question said would clean up the construction debris within two days. He declined to go on camera or give his name.

"I believe he'll clean it up when I see it," said Gray. "Still, I think the city is supposed to be checking the neighborhood. They need to patrol the alleys to make sure that the residents are not dumping."