Neighbors fed up with illegal dump site in Tucson

Published: May. 9, 2016 at 8:01 PM MST|Updated: May. 10, 2016 at 3:07 PM MST
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Mattresses are only part of the garbage found abandoned in the empty lot. (Source: Tucson News...
Mattresses are only part of the garbage found abandoned in the empty lot. (Source: Tucson News Now)
A large lot turned illegal dump site has families furious. (Source: Tucson News Now)
A large lot turned illegal dump site has families furious. (Source: Tucson News Now)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - An empty lot that sits just north of Prince Road on Tucson's west side is inciting anger and frustration from people living near, or even driving by, the property.

Mattresses, couches, and an array of other garbage are scattered on the southeast corner of North Fairview Avenue and West Simmons Drive.

DJ Dega drives by the trash every day and reached out to Tucson News Now when he noticed the mess continued to grow.

"Anything to get the neighborhood cleaned up," he said. "It's not fair to the people living around here to have all this trash around."

While Dega shared his concern during an interview at the site, several other people slowed their cars to echo his sentiments.

John Kunzman pulled his truck around to step out for his own interview. His home is on the same block and Kunzman said he's tried searching for the property owner and even chased away a few people from illegally dumping on the property.

"I say, 'This is our neighborhood,'" he said. "'Please go somewhere else. If you need money for a dump, I'll give you money for a dump.'"

Kunzman said he's always respectful when he approaches people about adding to the trash pile near his home. He said he's surprised that so many people seem to have forgotten what they learned as children.

"My granddaughter says it's Mother Earth, and we should all keep it clean," Kunzman said.

The land is privately owned, according to city of Tucson spokeswoman Lane Mandle. She said any prior complaints are being researched.

She said the main goal of code enforcement is compliance, not punishment. Anyone with concerns about illegal dumping can call 520-791-5843 or fill out a form here.

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