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‘It’s just embarrassing’: Residents in southwest Houston neighborhood call for illegal dumping to end

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Residents of a neighborhood in southwest Houston said a vacant lot has become a popular place for illegal dumping, despite their many calls to the city of Houston.

“The city comes and picks it up, then people re-dump it, but this time it has lasted over three months and they tell me that they can’t pick up the tires, they can only pick up a portion of it,” said Alene Williams, who lives near the lot, and the trash, on Markwood Lane.

Williams said the city of Houston came out about a month ago but didn’t clear everything — a trashy dilemma that’s piled up, of late.

“We didn’t have this problem this bad last year. And it seems to be worse,” Williams said.

A spokesperson for the city’s Solid Waste Management Department confirmed its crews had been to the lot repeatedly over the past few months, and as recently as last month.

“After further investigation by our field supervisor, today, this pile is not an old pile and it reaches past the property line of service. We expect the property owner to take responsibility for this matter,” wrote Tyra Wilkins, public information officer for the city’s solid waste management department, in a statement to KPRC2.

But neighbors said the lot has been vacant for over a decade.

“It’s just embarrassing to have people come over and have to get out and see that or when you walk out you have to see that when you leave home,” Williams said.

“It’s just embarrassing to have people come over and have to get out and see that or when you walk out you have to see that when you leave home,” Williams said.

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Sourabh Verma,From Franklin Tn - Sub-editor in Asian News International(ANI) I am a detailed-driven journalist with 3+ years of experience in news writing and copy-editing, I can file quick, compelling and error-free stories as they break. I have sound knowledge of national and international issues and have covered stories across beats, including politics, parliament, legal and crime like drugs and Human Trafficking at Asian News International (ANI), where I currently work. Some of these include extensive coverage of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, several state Assembly elections, Parliament sessions, COVID-19 pandemic and other stories of national importance. A typical working day involves copy-editing dozens of drafts, managing junior sub-editors in shifts and keeping an eye on developing stories. This added responsibility followed a couple of years of filing stories based on press briefings, bytes and inputs from reporters on the ground.
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