Residents are fed up with massive piles of trash left near Woodland Cemetery in Richmond.
Russell Harris, the groundkeeper, has been maintaining the land for more than two decades. On top of landscaping and organizing funerals, he also has to worry about that trash dumped right outside of the gates on Magnolia Rd.
"It's a bad situation that can stop,” he said.
The most recent trash pile is made of two mattresses and furniture, a small pile compared to what was there just a few weeks ago.
“Six mattresses, box springs, plus a headboard...like a whole bed. And some more furniture was out there,” said Harris.
Every time, Harris has to call Richmond Public Works to pick it up.
“So far, they've been coming out pretty good getting it out, but the problem is as soon as they get it out, a week or two later somebody dumps more stuff out there on the road."
In the past year, the city put up signs warning people of a $250 fine. But the trash that sits just a few yards behind it shows they're not really making a difference, and this problem continues to impact residents.
"Because when you have the funerals come through all of that debris is on the road, and it's kind of a hazard,” said Harris.
Most importantly, Harris says it's disrespectful to the hundreds of people who use the cemetery.
"Family members got loved ones they want to bury and then they see all that junk on the roadway out there, you know. It's not a pretty sight."
Part of the issue is the zoning. Harris says half of Magnolia Rd. that borders the cemetery is part of Henrico County and the other is in the city.
Harris says he hopes to get cameras set up on the road so that people will finally stop dumping trash.
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