IMPERIAL, Calif. – What seems like open ground now has become a dumping ground and residents are outraged.
This is a path behind some homes at Paseo del Sol in Imperial.
The farther you go the more junk you come across.
One resident who didn’t want to be identified recently called police to get rid of some of the trash.
“I’m just tired of people throwing their trash here in my backyard. I walk my dogs here every day about once a week there’s trash cement, TVs, computers thrown out here behind my house,” one resident said.
We spoke with the Mayor of Imperial and he says he had no idea this was happening.
“We’re gonna have to check into it because we haven’t had any formal complaints about the dumping in these houses so I have to take a look at it certainly from the standpoint of the city. We want to keep our city clean,” Mayor Mark Gran said.
According to the resident it’s far from clean.
He says this has been going on for at least the past 8 years since he has been living in the area.
“I think the city or whoever owns the property should clean it up. It’s getting worse every day,” one resident said.
This resident says he has even a dead dog among the garbage.
“The valley has that problem any way where people go and dump tires and dump trash wherever they see an empty field they load their trucks and just dump it. So, it has been a problem throughout the valley,” Gran said.
This resident says some of the garbage can be easily put in their containers and have waste management pick it up.
“I think they don’t want to cut the trees because they’re too big, the limbs. The cement, maybe it cost a little bit of money to dump it but there’s many, many truck loads of cement back here,” one resident said.
Residents hope the city will take care of it as soon as possible because it has been happening for so many years.