Neighbors swimming in garbage thanks to illegal dumping

EAST CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - They come like thieves in the night.  But they're not stealing anything, they're dumping garbage, tons of it. East 113rd Street in East Cleveland appears to be ground zero.

As you walk down the block you can pick a yard, any yard and you'll find all kinds of debris piled up. Dumped with no consideration for anything than saving a few bucks to take the stuff to a landfill.

Pick a type of debris and it's probably here. Enough mattresses to fill the Hilton, tires, old televisions, carpet, scrap lumber, building debris, furniture, and bags of who knows what.

Doug Walton lives on the street and says he has complained repeatedly.

"They gave me 100 excuses, they were coming and the truck broke down, they were coming and they had an accident, they were coming and the guys got off early, you know stuff like that. Lot of excuses, no action," Walton said.

Walton has to use a wheel chair to get around, sidewalks are impassable, and at times so is the street.

He's lived here for 50 years and witnessed the decline from how it used to be saying

"Plenty of trees, kids running up and down the street, used to have block parties," Walton said.

No block parties now.  Walton's got a camera on his house, so the dumpers stay clear, but the rest of the block seems fair game, typically
after dark.

Walton said they come and go in just a few minutes. Walton pays $78 a month for garbage pickup.

Mayor Brandon King said the excuses Walton has been given, the truck the city was going to send needs $21,000 to be operable.

He's pitching the idea of a community clean-up day in mid-March targeting several particularly blighted streets.

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