Illegal dumping in Imperial

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.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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