West Palm Beach cracks down on illegal dumping

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- As more people and businesses move into West Palm Beach, City Hall has started an aggressive crackdown of illegal dumping.

The problem, which is noticeable in some neighborhoods south of the Old Northwood Historic District, has been met by a stern warning -- dump garbage and trash where you're not supposed to and we're coming after you, Elliot Cohen, a city spokesperson said.

"Nobody wants to drive through a neighborhood in a city and see trash dumped in vacant lots. It's disgusting. It's just not the kind of impression and not the kind of image that you want your city to have," Cohen said. "We don't know that people are dumping on a piece of property unless we get a phone call. And, a lot of times, residents wait or hesitate to give us a call and let us know what's going on. As soon as we get a call, we go out and clean it up."

Bedroom furniture, mattresses and refrigerators were removed from several neighborhoods earlier this month, Cohen said.

As part of its crackdown, the City has searched the garbage and trash for names and addresses to locate the person or people responsible to bill them for the cost of the clean-up.

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