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Residents Say City Won't Pick Up Trash Dumped in Richmond Neighborhood

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Bags of trash dumped in a Richmond neighborhood months ago has residents calling on the city to do something. Bags of trash dumped in a Richmond neighborhood months ago has residents calling on the city to do something.
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - Bags of trash dumped in a Richmond neighborhood months ago has residents calling on the city to do something.

The garbage along Ernest Road - where 8News Senior Reporter Nate Eaton counted 37 bags of trash - is rotting, smelly and neighbors say it's drawing rodents, snakes, possums and maggots.

"It's just nasty," said resident Katrice Carey, who says it's been this way for at least two months. "When it's a lot of rain, it'll take the trash on down the road and you can barely get out of the turn because there's bags of trash."

Residents say they've repeatedly contacted the city and requested someone come and clean it up.

"I've never seen a truck," said one resident, who didn't want to be identified.

"I myself have called the city twice already and they haven't came out," said Carey.

People say one of the worst things about this whole situation is the smell.  The garbage stinks and is sitting directly across the street from a school bus stop. Every day dozens of kids stand just feet away from bags and bags of trash.

We went to City Hall to find out why the trash is still in the neighborhood.

"It looks horrible," said councilwoman Reva Trammell, whose district is over this area of the city.  She says she's even complained about the mess but her hands are tied.

"All I can do is turn it in," said Trammell.  "I can't get out there with the trucks and say, 'hey, come over here and pick this up.'"

That job falls to the Department of Public Works.  Once 8News contacted them, a spokeswoman said someone will check on the problem. Neighbors say it better happen as their taxes are paying for garbage pickup.

"We might gonna ask for our money back," said one resident.

"Maybe you coming out here will enforce them to come out here and do something," said Carey.
     
If you have a problem like this in your neighborhood, you can file a complaint with the Department of Public Works or call 311. Once you've done that, keep your customer service request number so you can follow up.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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